May 16th, 2008 was a cold and rainy day, but that could not stop over 250 volunteers from the Borough of Trappe, PA and employees of PECO, an electric and natural gas utility, to come together to build a great place to play.
This build was not only going to be a special place for the kids of the community to run, jump, laugh and play, it was going to be a special place to remember Michael J. Killian, a PECO lineman who was killed in an accident in 2006. The community came together on that special day to remember Mike and to pay tribute to him and his family with the creation of the Michael J. Killian Memorial Playground, but the story does not end there.
You can see a video of this moving ribbon cutting ceremony here: Web Extra: Playground Dedication in Limerick, Pa.
Mayor Connie Peck was a true champion for the project and has seen what an amazing impact the playground has had on her community. There is still a lot of momentum to keep positive change in their community going and volunteerism has been going strong. She even gets calls from people asking when the next project is that they can help out with.
Recently they’ve continued working with a committee of citizens to focus on enhancing their “open spaces” around town. Randolph Park is getting a new walking path and plans are underway to renovate Rainbow Park and of course they are planning a playground for it. They also recently planted 82 trees and 45 shrubs in other parks around town.
Have an inspiring story to share about how a playground build impacted your community or how play has inspired you? Let us know!
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