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Mayor Alex B. Morse, Principal Jacqueline Glasheen and the Holyoke Parks & Recreation Department celebrated the opening of a new playground at Kelly Full Service Community School on Wednesday morning.

In 2013, Kelly School kindergarten teachers shared their concerns about the school playground being unsafe due to general wear and tear, and for not being to scale for younger students. The School partnered with filmmakers Jesse Kerman and Scott Hancock to produce a video about the need for a safe place for all Kelly students to enjoy. Their campaign and efforts were heard by Holyoke’s City Officials and others. The former playground, located in DeRoy Park was demolished the summer of 2013.

Thanks to the efforts of the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council and the Holyoke Health Center October of 2013, the City of Holyoke was awarded a $30,000 “Let’s Play Joint Use Grant! “ This grant is made possible by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and KaBOOM! Foundation. The new playground has a “joint-use agreement” between the City and The School Department and will be open for both school and community use.

Mayor Alex Morse also allocated $50,000 from Community Development Block Grant Funding to complete the project of designing and installing a new playground, behind Kelly School, at McNally Field.

The park is open for both school and community use. 

Posted on November 6, 2014 by