Sunnyside School District officials removed a bike track recently built on Elvira Elementary’s playground.
Sunnyside’s public relations representative Misti Nowak said the district had safety concerns about the track and the proper approval from the district administration wasn’t obtained.
She said it was an honest mistake on the part of school officials and the district hopes to create something that will benefit students and meet the district’s safety requirements.
“We were genuinely concerned with students’ safety while using that track along with the obvious liability,” Nowak said.
She said the district, school officials and the volunteers who worked on the project will meet in a few weeks to try to create a new track that the district administration, legal council and safety coordinator would approve.
“We really value the energy and excitement that these cycling groups have shown and all the time and effort that went into building this track,” Nowak said. “Trust me there were a lot of disappointed people. We don’t want to lose that momentum.”
Here is the districts official statement:
Elvira Elementary School and its community partners intended to provide a unique venue for teaching bicycle skills and encouraging physical activity by building a bike track for students.
However the track, which was built on school grounds without the knowledge or approval of district administration posed far too many risks to students safety.
It was leveled this morning.
Elvira Elementary School and the Sunnyside District will meet with community cycling groups to explore other bicycle options for this space which are more in line with the district’s safety standards.