Vol­un­teers build new com­mu­nity play­ground

More than 200 vol­un­teers built the play­ground in a day

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - Staff Re­port

Vol­un­teers worked with lo­cal of­fi­cials to build a new com­mu­nity play­ground at Pat­ton/ West End Park.

COATESVILLE >> If you build it, they will come to play.

More than 200 vol­un­teers Fri­day worked with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from KaBOOM, PECO, Nat­u­ral Lands Trust and Coatesville of­fi­cials who or­ga­nized a com­mu­nity ef­fort to build a new com­mu­nity play­ground at Pat­ton/West End Park.

Coatesville chil­dren cre­ated the de­sign in Au­gust when they put crayons to pa­per to draw their dream play­ground. At that time, adults had the chance to work on the plan­ning com­mit­tee and help with select­ing the play­ground equip­ment and col­ors for the cus­tom play­ground.

“On be­half of the res­i­dents, staff, city coun­cil and ad­min­is­tra­tion of the City of Coatesville, I would like to ex­tend my sin­cere thanks to PECO for their very gen­er­ous sup­port. This park and play­ground will be a won­der­ful place for fam­i­lies and vis­i­tors to en­joy for many years to come,” said city Man­ager Michael Trio. “Our thanks, too, to our part­ners at Nat­u­ral Lands Trust and to the many com­mu­nity mem­bers, lo­cal busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions who made this project a suc­cess.”

Or­ga­niz­ers said that the new play­ground will bring 750 kids in

Coatesville closer to hav­ing the child­hood they de­serve. The play­ground in­cludes swings, slides, climb­ing equip­ment and more. The play­ground com­plies with the Amer­i­cans with Dis­abil­i­ties Act. This year, Nat­u­ral Lands Trust do­nated land from the city’s West End Park, also known as Earl Q. Pat­ton Park, to be used to re­de­velop the park’s old play­ground into an in­no­va­tive and safe space for chil­dren to play.

“It’s been well es­tab­lished that chil­dren who

play out­doors, whether in a nat­u­ral set­ting or at a lo­cal play­ground, ex­pe­ri­ence sig­nif­i­cant ben­e­fits in men­tal and phys­i­cal health,” said Molly Mor­ri­son, pres­i­dent of Nat­u­ral Lands Trust. “We are de­lighted to be work­ing with our part­ners at PECO and the city to cre­ate new op­por­tu­ni­ties for out­door play and to ad­vance the broader vi­sion for a thriv­ing park sys­tem in Coatesville.”

Within the city, there are only two play­grounds and both play­grounds have un­safe and out­dated equip­ment, or­ga­niz­ers noted.

This play­ground is the fifth built in part­ner­ship by KaBOOM and PECO.

Vol­un­teers as­sem­bled the play­ground from start to fin­ish in less than six hours. They mixed and poured thou­sands of pounds of con­crete and moved enough safety sur­fac­ing to cover more than nine NBA-sized bas­ket­ball courts.

“Chil­dren are our fu­ture, and they need a place to play ev­ery day to de­velop and be ac­tive and healthy,” said Craig Adams, PECO pres­i­dent and CEO. “I very am proud of our em­ployee vol­un­teers and the com­mu­nity part­ner­ships dis­played to­day that have been crit­i­cal in bring­ing this play space to fruition.”

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More than 200 vol­un­teers Fri­day worked with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from KaBOOM, PECO, Nat­u­ral Lands Trust and Coatesville of­fi­cials who or­ga­nized a com­mu­nity ef­fort to build a new com­mu­nity play­ground at Pat­ton/West End Park.

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