Army Corps of Engineers | Child Development Center
Child Development Center Updates
In our continuing effort to make the interim Child Development Center (CDC) at Leonard Hall more comfortable for the children, CDC staff met with parent representatives to discuss plans for new playground equipment. The group decided on plastic, lightweight, modular freestanding equipment, which includes a climber and slide. In addition, the CDC has purchased a tire swing, sand area, sit and hop balls, a play kitchen, a playhouse, sprinklers, T-ball and basketball equipment, and tricycles. The CDC has also purchased two shade structures to ensure that the children have adequate shade for the summer.
A grassy section of the picnic area, next to the tennis and basketball courts, has been fenced off and made into a temporary play area. The Army Corps of Engineers sampled this area for arsenic and breakdown products of mustard agent. The results showed that arsenic was below the screening level of 13 PPM and well within the naturally occurring background levels for this area, as established by EPA. No breakdown products of mustard agent were detected.
With the Leonard Hall play facility completed, teachers and parents will work together to develop plans for a permanent playground at the original CDC location. The new equipment will be integrated into the permanent CDC playground once all excavation activities are completed and it is deemed safe to return. The University will continue to work with CDC parents and the Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that all appropriate cleanup activities are performed at the CDC and elsewhere on campus.