Volunteers, donations needed for new playground equipment

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By Jamie Baker-Nantz

The City of Williamstown is looking for some volunteers who are willing to role up their sleeves and get dirty for kids.
The city was awarded a $20,000 KaBOOM Playful City USA grant to install new playground equipment.
The grant comes in the form of $10,000 from KaBOOM and the other $10,000 coming from matching funds from the community. The Williamstown Kiwanis have pledged $5,000 to the project if the city can raise the remainder of the money.
Williamstown schools got on board the project by holding a “Pennies for Playgrounds” campaign. They raised around $500.
“It’s exciting for the kids to get involved in the project,” said Williamstown Mayor Rick Skinner. “It’s not necessarily that they raised a great deal of money but this is teaching them about making their community better.”
The new playground will be constructed at Webb Park, at the south end of Williamstown on April 14. Volunteers are needed that day to help install the new equipment and make a better place for the kids to play.
Currently, the playground at Webb Park is located over a hill at the end of the parking lot. The new playground will be built in a flat area above the picnic shelters.
“This is a lot better area for the playground,” said Skinner.
The city had to apply for the grant and once it received word they would be a recipient, the next phase was to find out what the playground should look like.
Skinner asked children at Santa’s Wonderland in December what their playground should look like. The children drew pictures and those were incorporated into the new design.
“We asking for donations from individuals and businesses,” Skinner said. “The playground may be located in Williamstown but hopefully it will be used by all Grant County citizens.”
Donations are tax deductible and can be made out to the city of Williamstown.
The city will be paying for new sidewalks and curbing but the playground must be funded through donations.
The city expects to apply annually for this grant to add more features to the playground and park.
“The thought behind this grant is to get the whole community involved by helping pay for it, installing it and maintaining it. That way it’s everyone’s project,” Skinner said.

How can you help?
• Work day - April 14 at Webb Park in Williamstown.
• Volunteers are needed.
Call 859-824-6351 for more