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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The Town of Moreau announced in May that it will move forward with plans for an extensive new playground project at the Harry J. Betar Recreation Park. This is in part thanks to a very valuable contribution by 87 heavy equipment students who have been working to clear the land where the new playground will be. Students from the Southern Adirondack Education Center (SAEC) have been involved in a long-term project with the Town of Moreau, over the last 4-5 years, where they use the park as a training ground and clear land for soccer fields. This spring, Town Supervisor Todd Kusnierz asked the instructors and students to shift their focus to clearing a 2 to 3 acre parcel to be used for the new splash pad/playground.
The instructors say that with all the work done in the last six weeks, they have set the town up nicely for the actual construction. The project was done as a community service. WSWHE BOCES contributed labor and equipment free of charge, saving the town significantly.
Town of Moreau Supervisor Todd Kusnierz said “collaboration with BOCES has been great. We could not have done it without their help.”
Heavy Equipment Instructor Randy Weeks said the project has given his students valuable seat time and a chance to earn their industry qualifications. “They have accomplished alot in a short time period.”
“The project gave me a different perspective on what I can do with my credentials,” says Jake Gilbert, a senior from Salem who recently earned his CDL-B license.
“The benefit of the program is that it gives you experience in so many things,” added Gilbert.
For more information about the new playground, please see a recent Post Star article. Keep an eye out for a Post Star follow-up article featuring the students' contributions in the near future.
Students working on clearing.
Jake Gilbert of Salem CSD.