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Weissport plans dedication ceremonies of new playground

Published May 04. 2011 05:00PM

Weissport will be dedicating its new playground at 1 p.m. Saturday. The new playground has been open for use since last fall, but a formal ribbon cutting celebration was reserved until this weekend.

Building of the playground began October 2009 when volunteers worked in the rain to start the project.

While the playground was under construction, a problem with the mulch when volunteers found wire embedded in chunks of the rubber mulch. That issue was been corrected when the mulch was replaced.

The new playground was built on the same lot that had been used as a playground for Weissport children since the 1940s. Much of the old playground equipment was considered unsafe by today's safety standards.

The new playground has the latest and safest equipment available and is also ADA (American Disabilities Act) approved. The playground was designed with children ages 5 to 12 in mind, but there also is an area for toddlers.

There are three brightly-colored slides, a climbing wall, chimes, bug panels, balconies, bounce buttons, a seesaw, a dino ride and flutter-by spring rider, a toss-up, swings with 10-inch high seats, two belted seats, a handicapped accessible seat and a tot seat. There will also be a picnic table for outdoor dining and a bench. The tot lot will feature similar equipment but smaller models for children ages 2 to 5.

The cost of the playground was $60,347. The Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) provided a grant of $48,000.

Concerned Citizens of Weissport raised $10,000 over the course of many years, plus the group received $2,000 from a donor who requested that the funds be used for recreation. Concerned Citizens of Weissport has formally changed its name to Weissport Recreation Committee and formed a 501 (c) 3 non profit organization.

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