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Global Concepts Charter School plans outdoor expansion

Global Concepts Charter School will formally break ground May 23 on its "Green Space Initiative" to convert an unused portion of its Ridge Road property behind the school into a natural park with athletic facilities, a playground and educational programming.

The 12-year-old Lackawanna charter school previously used its parking lot for a fenced-in playground, alongside faculty parking, and both bus and parent drop-off.

Under its plan by Adelmann Palmisano Architects, the K-12 school will shift the playground to a long, narrow stretch of land in back, along with a track-and-field track, two mini soccer fields, a basketball court, three 40-foot-by-20-foot pavilions, a concession stand and an "outdoor classroom."

Officials hope to finish the work by the fall.

“The all-volunteer school board wants to leave a legacy that will continue after they are long gone," said school board chairman Dawan Jones.

School CEO Tracy McGee said the green space is based on similar projects worldwide that brought nature into cities. "This will have a lasting impact on generations to come."

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