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Playground to get redesign

by on May 02, 2014 11:00 AM

Paul McGregor Park at North Second and Water streets in Indiana Borough was designed with kids in mind, so who better to redesign the new playground than local children?

Indiana Borough recently held a My Dream Playground coloring contest, where kids at local elementary schools were encouraged to draw and color a picture of their dream playground.

The playgrounds could include anything — swing sets, jungle gyms and seesaws to name a few.

“We received a $20,000 grant from KABOOM, a division of Dr Pepper’s Snapple, for rebuilding of the playground at Water Street park,” said Roland Francis, assistant manager of the Indiana Borough.

“As a part of the grant … we would involve the community in taking ownership of the equipment and participating in the build.”

In addition to the $20,000 grant, donations were made by local businesses and the community to help make the project possible.

As of now, more than $30,000 has been raised for the project.

A winner from three categories, kindergarten and first grade; second grade; and third and fourth grade, will be selected.

The winners will meet with the playground designer on Monday at the Indiana Free Library’s Community Room, where they’ll get to share their input on colors and what kind of equipment they’d like to see at the park.

Then, residents are able to participate in the building of the new playground.

“We will have a Build Day on June 14, in which we’re inviting the community to come out and participate in the actual building of the playground,” Francis said.

The winning playground designs will also be used on a Build Day T-shirt.

The main goal for the project is to update the equipment, which is now 50 years old. Francis said the borough would like to provide safe equipment for the children and have “equipment up there that they’ll enjoy.”

Anyone wishing to contribute or volunteer at the playground rebuilding project can visit for more information or call the borough office at (724) 465-6691.

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