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Playtime is official in Marcellus Park

Olde Home days was the perfect setting for the June 3 dedication of the Marcellus Park's new playground.

A cooling breeze announcing an on-coming thunderstorm was refreshing as it blew over a large crowd assembled under the trees to watch the ceremony. The delighted cries of children, unimpressed with the dignitaries, filled the air, as uninvited, they swarmed over the new slides and swing sets, monkey bars and teeter-totters. Their joyous shouts were the most impressive accolades that those who had worked on the park could have possibly received.

Pam Carey, President of the Friends of the Marcellus Park Committee, gave a heartfelt thanks to the many community members and community organizations who rallied together to bring the playground into being.

"It does take a village to build a playground," said Carey with a beaming smile. "From the children who collected bottle pull tabs for recycling, to Bob Ciota for writing the grants, to all the donors, the Friends of Marcellus Park board and directors, and the Town Highway Department and Parks and Recreation, everyone should take pride in what they brought to the table to make this dream a reality."

Don Ross, town of Marcellus Supervisor spoke of this part of the parks' donated land. He told of how it had always been part of the town's master plan for this portion of land to become a playground. Sen. DeFrancisco, who helped get a grant of $10,000 for the playground, was relaxed and beaming over the projects fruition. Martha Mulroy spoke on behalf of her mother and her family, dedicating their assistance in memory of their beloved brother and son, Kevin.

"We have a picture of Kevin when he was little, hanging from the monkey bars of a playground. There is such a look of joy in his eyes that shines in the eyes of all children who are using this playground today," she said.

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