GREENSBORO - Ground was officially broken June 20 in Ober Community Park in Greensboro, which soon will be undergoing a complete renovation.
Members of the Greensboro town council, the Caroline County commissioners and members of the Project Playground Committee gathered at the Bernard Street entrance of the park, where Crystal Terhune, Project Playground chairman, presented a check for $8,000 to Mayor Joe Noon, raised by the committee to be used as matches for state and local grants.
Terhune, who is also an educator with the University of Maryland's extension office, said the committee needs to raise about another $8,000.
Construction of the new park is expected to be complete in September, and will include areas and equipment for digging, climbing, pretending, swinging, hiding and jumping.
The design master plan is based on information gathered from a series of community meetings and special play sessions with first- and fifth-grade classes at Greensboro Elementary school last November.
The new playground will meet Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards and includes an area for preschool and school-age children and their families.
Project Playground is a citizen group of concerned mothers who have actively been fundraising for this project for more than five years. Along with Terhune, committee members include town residents Ginger Guy and Stacey Hickey, Greensboro Town Manager Jeannette DeLude and Assistant Clerk Erin Braband.
Grant funds currently committed to the park renovation include $200,000 of Community Parks and Playgrounds funds through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, $37,000 in Program Open Space funds through Caroline County and $34,000 through the Caroline Human Services Council Community Initiative grant.
The grant development and community-based construction is coordinated through Caroline County Recreation and Parks in partnership with the Town of Greensboro and Project Playground.
Altogether, Project Playground has raised 94 percent of the $299,000 goal for the renovation.
"The fundraising and collaboration between partners has been steady and productive," said Caroline County Department of Recreation and Parks Director Sue Simmons.
At the town meeting following the groundbreaking, DeLude said the committee recently received contractors' bids and will approve one soon to get construction started.
For more information about Project Playground's fundraising efforts and the master plan design, visit its Facebook page at facebook.com/ProjectPlaygroundCaroline or visit the master plan display at the Greensboro town office.
For more information, contact the town office at 410-482-6222.