POINT PLEASANT — A ribbon cutting celebrating the progress of the upgraded Krodel Park Playground, and a new piece of playground equipment, will be held at noon June 17.
The new piece of equipment, sponsored by Mid-Atlantic Construction and the McMillan family, is a piece for two- to five-year-olds to play on and is in the design of a sternwheeler. Volunteers will be assembling the piece next Wednesday and it will be available for use June 17, the day of the ribbon cutting.
This latest piece of equipment is part of the playground’s “phase two” of development, which will also include a kid’s zipline, eventually. Fundraising is still underway for this piece and about $25,000 is needed, according to Leigh Ann Shepard of the playground committee.
Shepard said, in all, around $140,000 in grants and donations has been raised to upgrade the playground so far – a project that was started around two years ago.
In addition to the sternwheeler piece, mulch will be placed in the area, the entryway will be up and fencing will be installed for the ribbon cutting. This fencing will be made of special material with a 25-year warranty called polywood, and included in that fencing is fundraising custom fence pickets still available for $50 each. Pickets can have custom messages in homage to families, businesses, etc. Around 180 pickets have already been sold.
Shepard said the ribbon cutting allows the public to see the progress on the facility which members of the community have helped fund. It’s also an opportunity for the community to check out a new piece of equipment as well as the entire playground now that summer vacations are in full swing.
“The playground committee is especially thankful to all the volunteers and organizations who donated their time, talent and resources in order to make this wonderful project a reality,” Shepard added. “We hope you come out and help us celebrate with a ribbon cutting on June 17 at noon.”
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