By Carol McCracken (Post # 1,450)
Simone Halstead and her two children and a friend of theirs were enjoying the newly opened Marada Playground this morning next to the Adams School Condominiums on the site of the former Adams School. “It’s a great alternative to the playground on the Eastern Promenade, because it gets so crowded there,” Halstead said.
Last summer two young ladies who live on the Hill were upset to learn that the monkey bars were to be removed from the Park and replaced with other playground equipment. Developer Avesta Housing promised to restore the monkey bars to the Playground. Avesta kept its word. The original monkey bars are back. The most attractive playground also contains swings, a slide, a picnic table and several wooden benches. The rennovation of the Park was part of the conversion of the former Adams School into 16 affordable housing units by Avesta. The process getting to this point has been transparent and at times uncertain because of the recession.
Meanwhile, several residents of the new community are expected to start moving in next Friday. Avesta plans to have an open house next fall, although the date has not yet been set according to Seth Parker, development officer for Avesta Housing, Portland.
For more background information, please visit Post # 1,275, dated 1/23/13 herein.