The Payson School Board on Monday recognized the efforts of volunteers who have kept the playgrounds of Frontier Elementary School open to the community.
John Wakelin, Eileen Daniels and John Schreur unlock the gates of the closed elementary school every weekday from 3 to 7 p.m. and every weekend from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Seeking to help meet the neighborhood need for playing fields and after-school recreation, the trio convinced the district to give them keys.
So now every weekday half a dozen neighborhood children take advantage of the playground equipment.
On the weekends, 10 or 15 kids make use of the playing fields — often for games and team practices.
The school board reluctantly closed down Frontier this fall to save roughly $600,000 in maintenance and staffing costs. Frontier was the district’s top-performing elementary school before the shutdown. The closure left the neighborhood bereft of parks of playgrounds.