Injuries at school can prompt a lawsuit.

However, Westport's Kiev family decided to go a different route after 5-year-old Chloe broke her arm on the jungle gym at Coleytown Elementary School. They donated a new age-appropriate playground for the school's Stepping Stones Preschool.

And the good times got rolling Friday afternoon after a ribbon-cutting marker the official opening.

"Friends said we should sue," Marshall Kiev, Chloe's father, said of the youngster's injury. "I said, `That's ridiculous. Why don't we fix it so it doesn't happen again?' "

The playground, valued at more than $65,000, fulfills a real need, said preschool teacher Jessica Mancini.

"It's great," she said. "A lot of times we weren't able to do a lot of gross motor stuff, such as climbing and sliding, but now we have this great playground that covers all that and more."

The equipment allows children, among other things, to create music, climb rock walls, traverse monkey bars, look through makeshift telescopes, traverse a tunnel of rings and practice their balance walking atop piping with small platforms.

"It's such a magnificent playground structure," said Superintendent of Schools Elliott Landon. He called the Kievs "an example of a family that cares about the community, willing to make a contribution to make things better for everyone."

The preschoolers' equipment was installed a short distance from a playscape for older children.

Cynthia Gilchrest, director of pupil services for the school district, said the playground was designed with all children in mind, including those with disabilities.

"It's amazing. We're so thankful," said Lynda Codeghini, director of the preschool. "We're so thankful. It's going to impact children's lives for years to come."

There will be an open house for the preschool, 65 Easton Road, on Nov. 9 from 2 to 3 p.m.