With the smash of a champagne bottle, College View School officials Friday christened a boat-themed piece of playground equipment designed to meet the needs of developmentally disabled students.
"It is silly to say it is a dream come true, but it is," said College View Principal Jay Schwartz. "Our kids need so much stimulation, and having something interactive to catch their attention is just awesome."
The play equipment, which was installed during the summer, includes a captain's wheel, a sand pit and a pair of bongo drums, all accessible to children who are in wheelchairs. The apparatus cost $27,000, and was financed with money raised by the College View Foundation and a $10,000 grant from the Community Foundation of the Verdugos.
Also there for the christening was the Crescenta Valley High School marching band and color guard, as well as a half-dozen Glendale Unified district officials.
Opened in 1984, College View School serves about 65 students with serious physical and mental development disabilities from Glendale, La Crescenta and Burbank.