An update on how the Downing Street playground project has been progressing
by Claire Tierney
As many students know, Project Playground is the initiative led by Katy Cleminson, Angelica Surra, Ali Canino, and Kat Hills, to revitalize the dilapidated playground on the corner of Downing and Florence Street.
The land the current playground is situation on is actually owned by Clark University. The group heading the project has been diligently working towards obtaining funding and support from Clark as well as the Main South community.
Their hard work is paying off, with the Project Playground planning on being completed this year.
Back in September, Project Playground gained over 700 signatures from Clark Students. When Student Council found themselves with a surplus of $70,000, Project playground began to campaign for funding. According to Katy Cleminson, a senior, Project Playground originally asked for $45,000 for Playground equipment, $5000 of which is intended for more costly, but also sustainable construction materials such as rubber. The group was awarded $39,100 from the Student Council’s surplus, as well as an additional $500 from the Student Leadership and Programming Office.
According to Cleminson, $30,000 will definitely be used for purchasing playground equipment. Short $5,000 of their projected budget, Project Playground is currently accepting donations in an effort to garner the rest of their funding.
Project Playground will be holding a general meeting for members of the Worcester community at the CDC Main South on February 8th, though students are welcome to attend.
Cleminson says, “At the community meeting, we will be finalizing the design, getting input from the parents of the children who will be using the playground.” Continue reading