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Westchester Lagoon Gets a Playground

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park

Kids and parents: get excited. There is a new destination playground in town. The ribbon cutting ceremony at Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park was Friday October 14th from 1:30-2:30pm. The park is located at the intersection of 15th Avenue and U Street by Westchester Lagoon.  Honored guests included Mayor Dan Sullivan, Diane Kaplan of Rasmuson Foundation, and neighborhoods district Senator Hollis French and Representative Lindsay Holmes. There was live music by West High teen bluegrass talent Sarahndipity, and free hot cocoa and cookies.

City Park Planner Suzanne Little sums it up by saying, "From the Parks Department's perspective, the volunteerism on the Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park project has been the most impressive of all.  So many individuals contributed expertise, elbow grease and enthusiasm to make this project a reality.  We are lucky to work in a community that steps up to the plate like people have at Margaret Eagan Sullivan Park."

The playground would not have become a reality without the support of our community. We would like to recognize the following supporters and volunteers:

·         Spenard Builders Supply - contributed delivery of pavers left over from F street project

·         ConocoPhilips - BIG group of volunteers (100+) worked as part of United Way's Day of Caring hauling fall surfacing 100 cubic yards and painting Covy Café.

·         Home Depot - donated sand for the sand play area & installed it

·         Exxon Mobile - sanded adult fitness station

·         Paul Provencio - the relentless neighbor who didn't stop 'till we had a playground

·         Community Work Service - Installed heavy pavers - 2 entire weeks worth of work!

·         Youth Employment in Parks  - installed Rain-Garden

·         Carlile and Tote - contributed shipping of the play equipment

·         Elise Huggins & Earthscape - contributed much of the design

·         Community Volunteers (30+) - installed fall surfacing 100 cubic yards

The playground is a partnership between the Anchorage Park Foundation and the Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation.  The majority of funding for the playground came from the State Legislature through contributions to the Anchorage Park Foundation.

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