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Kids United Playground gets community hug

It is much more than a playground.

Otherwise, the Kids United Playground proposed for the Stevens Primary School area would not be getting the group hug it is getting from all sectors of the community.

The Lycoming County Commissioners last week took $125,000 in Act 13 natural gas impact fees allocated to Lycoming County and distributed them to the playground fund drive. Talk about impact.

The significant move brings the amount collected to $360,000. The budget for the project is $400,000.

We are almost there, community.

That is thanks in no small part to the joint efforts of the Williamsport Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs, who have joined together to boost the outreach needed to get the project in the forefront of the community’s mind.

A broad-based community steering committee has facilitated all facets of the project, from ideas to design to promotion.

Events have been organized to raise funds.

Businesses and the Williamsport Area School District have contributed with money and through other means.

And this is all because the idea is so special. This playground will be for everyone and unlike any recreational facility in Lycoming County.

It will be inclusive to kids of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, with poured rubber and accessible ramps for wheelchairs and other assisting devices. There will be traditional equipment, to be sure, but also equipment that encourages cognitive and imaginary play, fitness and instrumental activities. There will be sensory panels, conga drums, reflective swing and a max climb summit.

In other words, the Kids United Playground will be a special place.

The community is $40,000 away from making it happen.

Let’s do this.

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