The Juneau School District advises families that the playground equipment at Gastineau Elementary School has been temporarily closed for safety reasons. Shortly after the new playground was open to students, small metal wires were discovered in the rubber ground covering that was placed under the newly installed playground equipment. Those areas have been fenced off.
The covered play area, climbing wall, ball field, swings and basketball court at the school remain open. To keep everyone safe, please stay out of the closed areas of the playground.
The Juneau School District is working with the City and Borough of Juneau and the supplier of the equipment to reopen the playground as soon as possible. The vendor is providing metal detectors and super magnets to help thoroughly sweep the area for any remaining metal so it is safe for children in our community.