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Monday, April 02 2012

Beacon Field To Get New Playground

From a Greenfield Recreation Department press release:

Mayor William Martin announced that the new Beacon Field playground will be installed April 14 and 15 in plenty of time for the spring and summer recreation seasons.

The Town of Greenfield has awarded the bid for the new playground to Miracle Recreation Equipment Company/Site Specifics, LLC of Rochester, Mass.

The playground will be installed as a “community build,” which means Miracle/Site Specifics will provide installers who will supervise and work alongside a group of community volunteers to build the playground over the two-day installation.

“We are excited about the new playground design. It will be a wonderful addition to our park system. It has been a pleasure to work with such a dedicated group of Community members on this project!” says Christy Moore, Recreation Director.

The new playground would not have been possible without the hard work of members of our community who care about our parks and playgrounds. The Beacon Field Playground Project is an all-volunteer group of citizens – parents, non-parents, teachers, adults who played at Beacon Field as children and others – dedicated to renovating the play space at Beacon Field.

Volunteers spent most of 2011 raising funds through special events, such as a summer music festival called KidsRock for Beacon, a wine dinner at the Gill Tavern Restaurant, a celebrity bartending night at Taylor’s Tavern, and the Cookie Factory bear cookie fundraiser, as well as through donations collected at tables at the farmers’ market, grocery stores, town events, donation cans, and going door to door. The group also received generous donations from Louis Scott, Skip and Kathy Hammond, the Greenfield Cultural Council, the Rotary Club of Franklin County, as well as numerous other local businesses, organizations, and individuals. The group set up a website and a Pay Pal account to receive online donations, and maintained a Facebook page. Volunteers worked closely with the Greenfield Recreation Department, the Friends of the Recreation Department and the mayor.

Town Councilor Tracey Sutphin and Danielle Letourneau, a former councilor, spearheaded the fundraising effort.

“We are so excited that this playground will be built and ready this spring,” Sutphin said. “It’s going to be an amazing space for our kids and families. Beacon Field is already a centerpiece of our town and this is going to make it even better. We are thankful to the mayor and the town for making this project a priority and to the many, many donors and supporters who helped make it a reality.”

Letourneau noted that not only is the new playground for children, it also benefits neighborhoods and supports healthy economic development.

“Proximity to playgrounds was on buyers top 10 must haves for new homes, according to the National Association of Realtors in 2010,” Letourneau said. “This new playground will benefit Beacon Field, the neighborhood and the entire town."