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What Happened To The Old Library Playground?

What Happened To The Old Library Playground?

The old playground that once sat behind the library was removed and hauled away almost two years ago when the library expanded the parking lot to the edge of the bike path beside Hanby Park.

Westerville Parks & Recreation is completing the installation of a new playground in Hanby Park. It will have all new equipment including a fountain sprayground for the warmer days of the year. Construction is expected to be completed in time for a grand opening in early June.

The old playground equipment didn’t go to a recycling company as usually happens when they are removed. It went to the Casa Hogar Los Angelitos children’s home, an orphanage inManzanillo, Mexico after being refurbished by Kids Around The World, an Illinois non-profit charity. Westerville Sunrise Rotary previously assisted the orphanage with equipment and transportation.

The playground was the first time Kids Around The World attempted a project in Mexico. As many as 90 children live in the orphanage and its only playground was an old wooden structure in a dirt corner of the school courtyard.

A team of about 10 Rotary members and their spouses traveled to Manzanillo where they assembled the rebuilt playground in about five days.

Another section of the old playground was shiiped to Amman, Jordan, where it was installed in a school by local officials and Kids Around The World.

 

 

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About The Author

Gary Gardiner

Former newspaper and Associated Press photographer. Instructor at Westerville Center for Photography. Owns SmallTown Stock, the Reasonably Rights Managed stock photo agency. Founder and Director for The American Scene Project, a heritage project dedicated to exhibiting and preserving photography of everyday American life.

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