Fundraising continues for Jaffrey park

  • Jaffrey Parks and Recreation is fundraising for more equipment for Humiston Park Playground. Courtesy photo

  • Jaffrey Parks and Recreation is fundraising for more equipment for Humiston Park Playground. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 12/2/2020 4:46:30 PM

Fundraising to add a new swingset and climbing structures to Humiston Park Playground continues, with donations slowly but steadily climbing towards the Jaffrey Park and Recreation Department’s $40,000 goal.

The department has been fundraising for “phase 2” of their playground improvement project since late 2017, and donations so far have reached $9,700 from Jaffrey residents and local businesses. The department is seeking grant opportunities to help fund the remaining $30,000, but are still also seeking local donations.

“Jaffrey has a population of 5,200 people, if each person donated $5.83 we would meet our goal,” said Recreation Director Renee Sangermano. “For a family of four, that is a $24 investment into a community playground which will provide opportunities for children to be active and healthy, as well as provide adults opportunities to build connections with their children and social connections with other families in the community.”

The department has been fundraising to upgrade the playground for the past five years, and already completed fundraising to replace some of the 20-year-old equipment, and in the spring of 2018 installed a new play structure for grade and middle school-aged children, a new swing set that includes swings that allow parents and children to swing together.

The next phase of the project is to purchase a play structure for toddlers, six traditional “belt” swings, and a webbed climbing structure for elementary and middle-school aged children.

“The additional playground features that Phase 2 will add to the playground allow additional sensory experiences for children of all ages and allow us to fill a need in the community,” Sangermano said. Namely, she said, playground equipment for children under 5 years old isn’t available at any of the local parks or playgrounds.

It’s not just the children who visit the parks and use the equipment that benefit if the playground is improved, Sangermano said. Parks and playgrounds enhance property values in surrounding areas and can be a draw for non-residents to visit the community.

“An immeasurable number of children and families will benefit from this playground,” Sangermano said.

Donations may be sent to Town of Jaffrey, 10 Goodnow Street, Jaffrey, NH 03452 with the memo: Playground Fund.

 

Ashley Saari can be reached at 924-7172 ext. 244 or asaari@ledgertranscript.com. She’s on Twitter @AshleySaariMLT.


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