Goffstown community turns out for playground-building
For three days, YMCA staff and volunteers removed an old metal slide and jungle gym, a volleyball net and four concrete pads, and turned it into a new accessible playground for YMCA members and residents of Goffstown, Manchester, Bedford, Dunbarton, Weare and New Boston. The work began Oct. 10 and ended Saturday, Oct. 12, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
In November, the YMCA received a $15,000 challenge grant from Kaboom to encourage community donations for the playground project. The staff needed to raise $25,000 and so far has raised $15,000. Fundraising by the gymnastics team, the Schools Out program and donations from local businesses and surrounding communities provided the money to build the playground, said Gail Houle, a member of the YMCA advisory board.
Among the volunteers were several Goffstown High School students and two alumni who wanted to do community service in memory of Cory Houston, a fellow student who died April 28, 2012, in a tree-cutting accident.
Corey's parents, Kris and Jeff Houston, were on hand at the playground on build day to welcome the student volunteers.
At the ribbon-cutting, Houle and Ewing thanked the volunteers and supporters.
"The YMCA is about building relationships and moving forward. Our children of all ages have an opportunity to play together," said Houle. "We have a place where people can come together without barriers."
The YMCA staff wishes to thank its community donors, Langley Construction, The Rynearson Company, Urella's Landscaping and Irrigation, SD Cookman Building and Remodeling, Walton Demolition, Pike Industries, Home Depot, Lowe's and Kohl's Associates in Action. Meals were provided by The Bagged Lunch, Sweet T's, High Street Farmhouse, The Village Trestle, Two Friends Cafe, Grand Slam Pizza 2, Just Like Mom's Pastries, Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's and Coca-Cola.
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