(Photos and video by Christopher Boffoli for WSB)
The upcoming opening of the new Admiral Safeway loomed large at today’s work party for Lafayette Elementary‘s “Play It Forward” playground project, and not just because the store is across the street from the school. Safeway employees (including those above) joined the work party. Among them, the new store’s manager, going public for the first time in that role, though he is someone you might already know – more ahead:
Kurt Baxter currently manages the Roxbury Safeway, and will manage the new Admiral store when it opens on August 12th. He also managed the old Admiral Safeway as recently as five years ago, according to Safeway’s Sara Osborne, so it’s a homecoming of sorts.
Also at the Lafayette work party, district manager Scott Schmadeke talked to WSB’s Christopher Boffoli about benches to be installed at the playground and store, paying tribute to longtime employee Barb Fuda, who died of cancer recently (here’s our previous report):
Back to the playground: Today’s work of course included Lafayette family and community volunteers who’ve been working tirelessly on the project a long time:
(Amy French, daughter Jena French, Ellen Zoffel, and Paula Olson)
The main focus today was bark removal in the existing play area – to be saved for future use – so the current play equipment can be taken out. (As you may recall, the new “big toy” was chosen with school-community input.) And graffiti/tagging vandalism on a concrete wall was being painted over:
(Mechelle Burnett and Sandy Rowe)
A mural is planned for that part of the site. This phase of the longrunning Lafayette playground-renovation project is funded by a city matching grant and community donations.