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Kids, community members uniting to design, build new playground in North Tonawanda

Posted at 8:57 AM, May 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 07:41:04-04

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — You and your kids can be a part of a new playground coming to North Tonawanda. The big build starts on Saturday.

This week-- community volunteers have been organizing all the parts for this new very accessible playground. On Saturday, more than 200 volunteers will be assembling all the parts. This playground has been a community effort from the very beginning.

"We hope it's going to be a gathering place for families of North Tonawanda to bring their kids down to enjoy the beautiful canal, to enjoy mayors park, and to enjoy the beautiful new playground we are building." Robert Brennan, a volunteer said.

Multiple organizations have teamed up to provide funding to the 5,000 square foot playground which will be built in Mayors Park. But the design will come from kids who will use the playground.

On May 13, kids gathered at the city rec center to draw their dream playground. Then right after, adult volunteers worked to incorporate elements from the drawings into design options for the new playground.

City recreation officials estimate the playground's price tag at $120,000. The city will pay $5,000 and neighbors will have to raise $3,500 but the rest will be covered by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York Blue Fund and KaBOOM!

The playground will be constructed on July 27. Over 200 volunteers will be needed.

To learn more about the project, sign up for the design day or build day, or donate to the playground, click here.

There will be playground specialists there to make sure the playground is build properly and safe for everyone. Project Manager Bryan McNamara says the playground will be accessible to everyone.

"It's going to be fully accessible so we are going to have a really exciting component called the We-Go-Round which is a giant spinner... it will be the first accessible We-Go-Round in the whole Town of North Tonawanda." McNamara said.

The building will start at 8am and they will finish up around 2:30pm.