ROSEVILLE — Children here once again have a playground to play on.
Roseville councilman Harry Morgan said the new playground will be dedicated as part of a day-long celebration on Saturday, July 20. The day will include yard sales, chicken barbecue and the dedication at 10 a.m.
The community was instrumental in the project to replace worn and dangerous equipment in the park across from the community center, said Morgan. The borough received a $40,000 Small Communities Grant from the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, but the community raised nearly $24,000, more than the $20,000 match.
“We had good support from the community, not only in donations, but in getting things set,” he said.
The community held several fundraisers, but much of the match came from donations ranging from $10 to $5,000, said Morgan.
The project has been three years in the making: gathering information, applying for the grant, soliciting community support and then installing the new equipment.
The playground includes a Discovery cave, a fire chief’s car on bouncing spring, four swings plus a special expressions swing for two people to ride face-to-face, and a Discovery unit with three slides and climbing apparatus.
It replaces several pieces of playground equipment, most of which was purchased and installed in 1989 including with a nine-foot slide that is even older. The borough did keep a low balance beam from the former playground.
More than 20 people turned out to help install the equipment at a June 8 work bee, said Morgan. All that remains is to install an access pad for handicapped-accessible parking and spread the remaining mulch beneath the equipment.
The 130- by 44-foot public playground on Roseville Avenue was deeded to the borough in 1974 by Southern Tioga School District.