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Children’s House receives whimsical new playscape

Members of the Cazenovia Children House admire the handiwork of volunteer architect Paul Manion and charitable donation of Jeff Hunt, from the front porch of the organization’s new “Windy Willow Playscape.”

Members of the Cazenovia Children House admire the handiwork of volunteer architect Paul Manion and charitable donation of Jeff Hunt, from the front porch of the organization’s new “Windy Willow Playscape.” Laurie Cornell

Nature offers endless opportunities to explore, create, imagine, discover; and playing within a natural environment offers children enriched sensory experiences.

Knowing that children have a natural curiosity and appreciation of nature, Cazenovia Children’s House is committed to replacing the current aging playground with a new playscape that will incorporate more natural features.

Unrestricted contributions from the 2010 and 2011 Annual Appeals will be used to install the new “Windy Willow Playscape.” Area businesses, clubs and volunteers have joined in our adventure by offering in kind gifts of materials and services to support the installation of the Windy Willow Playscape.

Phase one of the Windy Willow Playscape began on Oct. 16, when Paul Manion met on site with volunteers to build the new playhouse. Manion designed the playhouse, harvested the trees and milled the wood to specification.

All of the wood, supporting materials, his time and effort were generously donated to the project. Jeff Hunt, owner of Chittenango Lumber, generously donated the playhouse roofing. The clear roof material lets sunshine in and allows for a view of the clouds and sky above.

The playhouse is a wonderful, whimsical play space that will nurture children’s physical, emotional and social development.

On behalf of Cazenovia Children’s House Board of Directors, staff and families we wish to thank both Paul Manion and Jeff Hunt for their invaluable contributions to the Windy Willow Playscape.

Deep appreciation goes out to Rod Ives, Keith Berger, Evan Cornell, Keenan Underriner, Larry Underriner, Forrest Ives, Cindy Underriner, Nova Berger, Penny Noll, Jacob Ives, Paul Manion, Tucker Ives, Scott Cornell, Victor Prial, Aidan Prial and Laurie Cornell who braved the cold rainy weather on Oct. 16 to build the playhouse.

Additional installation phases will take place in 2012 and will include willow huts and tunnels, water and sand features, butterfly and bird habitats, edible and music gardens, a donor’s brick garden pathway and more.

Those interested in joining the playscape adventure can learn more by calling 655-5437.

Tax-deductible monetary gifts and in kind gifts of materials and services are most appreciated.

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