'A dream comes true'

28 May 2019 | 07:45

The campaign had achieved its goal.
On Wednesday evening, May 22, almost a thousand well-wishers, including local officials and members of organizations like the Warwick Lions and the Warwick Valley Chamber of Commerce along with other groups, parents and children gathered in Stanley-Deming Park in the Village of Warwick.
They were there to celebrate the grand opening of the new community-designed and community-built Americans with Disabilities (ADA) accessible playground.
The project had been spearheaded by Warwick Playground Dreams, a committee of volunteers in the Town of Warwick who have been raising funds since 2016 to rejuvenate the aging playground in the park.
Working together with the Village of Warwick, the schools and playground design architects, Play By Design, the committee's goal was to bring an ADA-accessible playground to Warwick that would exercise the imaginations of all of Warwick's children as well as their muscles.
The idea for an ADA-accessible playground was the brainchild of Hannelore Chambers, president of Warwick Playground Dreams.
The goal of her committee, which they achieved through a series of fund raisers and generous donations, was to raise $350,000 and enlist an army of volunteers from the community for the final build.
During Build Week, April 22 through 28, more than 900 volunteers from all walks of life, skilled and unskilled, assembled the playground.
Although the celebration was billed as a grand opening and ribbon cutting, it was actually a ribbon crash as children, eager to participate in the grand opening, were invited to crash through the ribbon.
During the ceremony Warwick Mayor Michael Newhard expressed his gratitude to everyone in the community for helping achieve what he had described as, "A dream come true."
- Roger Gavan