It’s been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and that may well be true.
On a wide-open field in the middle of Greenfield, it takes a city to raise a 17-piece interactive playground.
Two days (and several volunteers and weather-related luck) later, Greenfield’s first city park debuted its first playground. Everyone from public officials to city staff and high school students gathered for a volunteer effort in May that became an instant success as neighboring children clamored to get on the playground even before the last bag of mulch was emptied.
These two days were long and full for all involved and, actually, were just a drop in the bucket of a continuing and long-range plan.
In 2012, a Park Advisory was appointed to come up with plan to turn 21 acres into an outdoor community center that residents and area families could use and enjoy. Many amenities are planned, in phases, while some have come to fruition. The park, under the watch and influence of the advisory, now sports a covered picnic shelter with tables, grills, a fallen heroes memorial, and a playground that has both a handicapped and baby swing as well as other fun items.
Evelyn Workcuff, Park Advisory chair, organized the event and reached out to community members – and everyone she knows – to participate in constructing the playground and its equipment. She not only got people, she received donations from local businesses, including Domino’s in Greenfield, where she works, to feed her crew. She called on the city’s mayor and city councilors, the city administrator, public works employees, advisory members and Rockford High School teacher Louis Villaume and 10 of his students.
People came and went, worked and watched and, in the end, well, area residents of all ages are urged to visit Greenfield Central Park and see what they think. Apparently, you are never too grown-up to sit on a big yellow bumble bee.