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It’s why schoolyards are a focal point for recreation. If there’s a soccer pitch behind the school, or even basketball nets on an asphalt tarmac, children not glued to an X-Box or PlayStation will likely be using them.
A reader named Nancy emailed us to ask why the running track and the playing field inside it have been closed all summer at Danforth Collegiate and Technical School, on Greenwood Ave.
“Given that it is paid for by the neighbourhood taxpayers, I wonder why we cannot use it.”
An older man was sitting on a bench just outside the fence, so we asked him if he knew why the schoolyard is on lockdown.
STATUS: We asked the Toronto District School Board why the schoolyard has been off limits all summer. Shari Schwartz-Maltz, who deals with media for the school board, emailed to say: “The reason it’s closed to the public (remains open for permit holders) is because of several incidents of vandalism; for example — motorcycles have been driven on the track which caused extensive damage that necessitated costly repairs.” So, blame it on knuckleheads.
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