CRESWELL— Hey Creswell kids, it’s time to play.
The Creswell Clubhouse opened a new playground after a $45,000 grant was received by the Ford Family Foundation. The playground was installed by the City, and is designed to cater to the needs of the Clubhouse and the broader community.
“This new playground is a wonderful addition to our facility,” said Laura Rariden, the Clubhouses’ executive director. “Our children are excited for recess every day and have become extremely creative while playing on our unique equipment.”
The playground includes a variety of equipment, including a pirate ship, playcube climbing structure, swings, slides, merry-go-round, tables and benches.
The Clubhouse at 364 Cobalt Lane is a nonprofit serving children and teens with after school and summer camp programs.
The equipment was chosen and designed by the children attending Clubhouse through creating a Playground Committee. They met weekly to choose equipment which was fun, affordable, and not already available in Creswell.
“Playgrounds have long been recognized as essential spaces for child development, offering several benefits that contribute to children’s cognitive, physical, social, and emotional growth,” Rariden said. “In an era where children’s playtime is often overshadowed by academic demands and technology, Creswell Clubhouse and its partners are proud to provide a dedicated space that fosters holistic development through play.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the new playground will be held on Aug. 31 at 4 p.m.