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At a May 18 spring fair, residents of Mount Pleasant will vote on competing visions for new playground equipment at the Bancroft Elementary School. Among the weighty options facing voters will be whether to array the space with, say, spring-mounted giraffes, as opposed to spring-mounted zebras. Teachers and design consultants have already made more serious decisions about the playground. There won’t be a sandbox because “every cat in town will come to use it,” says Iris Rothman, coordinator of PlayStart, a group that’s trying to raise $50,000 for the project. And to deter unwelcome overnight guests, any playhouse on the site will be a half-roofed model designed for urban playgrounds. “You’d have to be an awfully small homeless person to curl up under this [roof],” Rothman says. —Joe Dempsey