Tashua students get new playground, need new mural

Which design would you like to see painted on the new and improved basketball court?

This is the question Tashua Elementary School students will be asked as they return to school in September for the 2015-2016 school year, the school’s 50th anniversary.

Due to the efforts of Trumbull’s State Rep. Dave Rutigliano and First Selectman Tim Herbst’s administration, the court and playground fields are in the process of receiving a significant upgrade and facelift in order to correct drainage issues and wear from past decades.

“This is the type of project that needed to happen,” said Rutigliano, who visited the school to view construction progress, with Herbst, Town Clerk Suzanne Monaco, and Town Treasurer John Ponzio, Aug. 20.

“The playground area is going to be safer now for our kids and visitors, and should be ready for the start of school,” he said.

Rutigliano, who began advocating for this project when he sat on Trumbull’s Board of Finance, lives near Tashua, and both of his children attended the elementary school.

“The Town of Trumbull, the Herbst administration, school administrators, project engineers all did an excellent job coordinating, securing funding, and seeing this through,” he said. “Now the fun part begins.”

The old basketball court was adorned with a large mural of the United States. Rutigliano said that the painting was iconic to the local area and residents, so it’s fitting that the Tashua students will be able to vote on a new design.

Students will have at least five choices to choose from, and a new map of the U.S. will be one of them. A fund-raiser will also be held to finance the purchase of longer-lasting weatherproof paint, so it can be enjoyed for years to come.

“When it’s complete, the new playground area will be larger, and more enjoyable for everyone. Many a kickball game has been played in this area,” said Rutigliano. “Thank you to everyone who had a hand in making this happen.”

To note, due to the thoughtful planning of town employees, no harm has come to the playground’s butterfly garden, or the pavers with name inscriptions. They will be safely relocated to a new area on the playground property.