Oak Park students love their concrete turtle

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By Terry Dean

Staff reporter

Beye School's playground will get a major upgrade this summer, but one special item on that lot will remain — to the joy and relief of kids and parents.

It was actually the students who insisted that their beloved Beye turtle not be tossed out along with the old play set and mulch service. The stone turtle is in the younger kids' playground, which will also get an upgrade. It will be relocated during construction this summer and placed with the new equipment by the time school reopens in August.

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Posted: May 30th, 2012 11:31 AM

REALLY!??? Now why does Irving have to fight so hard to get a playground or even grass!??? What the heck! You guys have some precious turtle you are worried about we have kids getting hurt (at all schools) and our parents have to beg? How are Beye and other schools getting what is right without having to beg? Insane

Beye Alum '72  

Posted: May 30th, 2012 7:06 AM

Turtle been there since at least 1963 when I was in kindergarten there.

T.J. from Oak Park  

Posted: May 29th, 2012 4:28 PM

I think the turtle should be removed. It is not ADA compliant so it needs to go. Well, maybe handrails could be added to the turtle's shell and a few other modifactions. I estimate the cost at $16,000. If this is done the turtle can stay.

J.Martin Konecki from Oak Park  

Posted: May 28th, 2012 9:01 AM

From the FB page of Alum of Beye, people have mentioned that the turtle has been there for a very very long time. https://www.facebook.com/groups/35444618961/

Kristin Caffrey  

Posted: May 24th, 2012 12:47 PM

Thank goodness the turtle has been saved! My kids loved it too.

Dan Haley from Wednesday Journal  

Posted: May 24th, 2012 11:11 AM

My two kids loved that turtle. Good choice to save it.

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