The Irving School community is really, really happy to see that blacktop playground surface at their school head to the scrap heap. That’ll happen this summer as Irving and other District 97 schools receive new playgrounds. Irving, 1125 S. Cuyler Ave., celebrated its new schoolyard, and bid good-riddance to the blacktop, at an outdoor party on May 24. How happy were they to see the blacktop go?

Teachers and students wrote a song, “Goodbye Blacktop,” and sang it at the party:

Goodbye isn’t always such a bad thing
Losing something never felt this good
I don’t mean to be mean, but I’m happy to see you leave,
So I’m saying peace, you belong in the street.

Goodbye, black top, hello green,
No more pavement to skin my knees
I’ll have things to climb and swing
No more snow hills and bulldozing
So I’m saying peace, you belong in the street.

Hello playground, goodbye pavement
We play in a car lot that is vacant
If I fall and land head first
Now I won’t have to go to the nurse.
So I’m saying peace, you belong in the street.

Now it’s cool and safe to play at school
And we owe everything to the Irving Schoolyard team.

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