The Hollydayle Heroes had a great time at the popsicle ribbon cutting for their cool new play area

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Ethan Vasquez, a fourth-grader, emerges from a cave-like climber on the new Hollydale Elementary School playground.   The Hollydale Heroes got to play on their shiny new playground Thursday, July 5, during a ribbon cutting party. And if that wasn't enough, there were popsicles all around.

"It's awesome," said fourth-grader Ethan Vasquez, surveying the huge play yard. He figures the four-person teeter-totter will probably be his favorite.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - First-grade teacher Julie Frediani helps a reluctant slider on her maiden descent down one of the new slides. The new playground was paid for by a $291.2 million bond Gresham-Barlow School District voters passed in November 2016. The bond also is paying for substantial remodels of Gresham and Barlow high schools and replacement of East and North Gresham elementary schools. Hollydale Elementary also will get some added classrooms and all schools are getting safety and security upgrades.

OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Students cut the ribbon on the new Hollydale Elementary School playground on Thursday, July 5, and their classmates rush to play on the bright new equipment.  Hollydale's bright lime green and turquoise play equipment is cushioned by a spongy, black "carpet" to protect any falls that might occur.

Mason Palmer, a second-grader thinks the new swings will be his favorite part of the new playground. Looking at all the new play structures, Mason said, "I like it!"OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Second-grader Mason Palma enjoys a green popsicle at the playground ribbon cutting and declared the swings his favorite part of the new equipment.  OUTLOOK PHOTO: TERESA CARSON - Some Hollydale Heroes enjoying their new playground.

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