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Enfield parents furious over delayed construction of playground

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ENFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

Parents are furious over an Enfield school that has stalled fulfilling a promise to build a playground.

Eli Whitney Elementary School has been without a playground since last fall.

The school had begun to follow through on plans to build a new. They have dug out the area and even have playground equipment ready to put.

Yet, nothing's been done and angry parents said a neighboring family is at the center of the stalling.

Channel 3's Erin Connolly spoke exclusively with parents who said their children are suffering as a result.

Kim Pierce and Jennefer Ryan are frustrated that nothing has been completed despite promises to parents. 

"I mean this has been going on all year. It's ridiculous at this point," said Pierce.

One reason there has been a delay is because a family who lives next to the school said they made an agreement with the town.

Although nothing was put in writing, they said over a decade ago the town agreed to not build near their home.

The family is concerned with noise and kids hanging out there at night.

"I think it's a shame. They live next to a school and to prevent little kids from having a playground...it just breaks my heart," said Ryan.

Parents said the children are also frustrated.

"My daughter comes home from school and says she picked flowers today because there's nothing else to do," said Ryan.

The old playground was on the opposite side of the school.

The surface was deemed unsafe and school officials decided to move the playground to a different location on the property.

The neighbors of the school will be speaking at a public meeting at town hall Monday night.

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