Accessible play worth the cost, opens door to joy

Congratulations go out today to all of the people and organizations that were involved in an effort taking place over the past six years to build an all-inclusive playground in the city.

The Kid’s United Community Playground at Cochran Primary School will serve a diverse community, many of whom previously have not been able to access the type of play that the majority of people take for granted when it comes to their own children.

And who doesn’t want their child to experience the joy of play in the fresh air and sunshine on a well-equipped community playground?

As County Commissioner Rick Mirabito pointed out, the cost of the playground, at just over $500,000, may have seemed to be a bit much.

He suggested the critics shift their perspective and consider those who have not been able to access traditional playground equipment.

We agree. Unless confronted with differences in physical capability within their own family, many people never think about providing an opportunity for a person who must navigate the world in a wheelchair or who has other physical considerations to experience the joy found on playgrounds everywhere.

And so today we applaud the dedication of the many groups and folks who never lost sight of their goal to not just envision but to plan and raise funds and build this facility in Williamsport.

The groups include the Kiwanis Club of Williamsport, the Rotary Club, the Williamsport Area School District Education Foundation, the county commissioners and an untold number of community members who worked toward and donated to the cause.

While we always are pleased to see community projects come together, we take particular delight in seeing this project come to fruition.

Well done, we say. Yes, let’s give it one more round of applause!


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