Lexington Run playground makes its debut -- finally Volunteers' project took 3 years to finish

November 16, 1992|By Greg Tasker | Greg Tasker,Staff Writer

Even the elements seemed to conspire against Teri Reyes and her crusade to bring a playground to the community of homes and children in the Lexington Run subdivision.

The long-awaited playground was set to be installed last weekend, but rain and cold weather prompted volunteers to postpone the event until Saturday. On Saturday, Ms. Reyes and others discovered the holes they had dug for the equipment were too shallow and in the wrong spots.

Yesterday, volunteers faced unusually cold weather and snow flurries. Even so, they worked throughout the day -- warmed by hot chocolate and coffee -- to construct the playground on a lot on Jennifer Way in Sykesville.

"After three years of working for this, we picked the coldest day of the year to do something," said Ms. Reyes, who wore earmuffs and mittens to ward off the chill.

The efforts of about a dozen volunteers installing about $9,000 in playground equipment -- slides, climbing poles and decks -- warmed Chris Hartline.

"I think it's wonderful," said Ms. Hartline, the mother of a 3-year-old boy who lives nearby. "They've worked real hard for the playground. It's nice to see a community pull together for something like this."

Ms. Reyes began her crusade to bring a playground to the residential community three years ago. She wanted a place for her son and other children to play. The subdivision's developer had deeded the lot to the town but had installed only meager playground equipment.

"There were four swings and a wooden climber," she said.

Ms. Reyes and others overcame a series of hurdles, including the loss of state Program Open Space money and other prospective funds, to buy the equipment from Miracle Recreation and Equipment Co. in Missouri this year.

Aiding the group's efforts were the county Recreation and Parks Department, the town of Sykesville, Freedom Recreation Council and Lexington residents, who held fund-raisers, including yard sales and raffles. The community raised about $12,000, Ms. Reyes said.

About $9,000 was used to pay for the equipment. The rest of the money was used to buy cement, mulch and other supplies.

Janet Sullivan, a Lexington Run resident and a member of the town's parks and recreation committee, said she believed the effort was the first of its kind in Sykesville.

"This is the first we know of," she said. "It started out for Lexington Run, but the town has pitched in and helped out."

The playground will serve about 500 homes in the surrounding subdivisions off Obrecht Road. Accessible to the handicapped , it includes tube and twister slides, a firefighter's pole, a suspension bridge and a spiral slide.

"We've worked a long time for this," Ms. Reyes said. "But it's not just for the kids of Lexington Run. It's for everybody. It's for everybody in Sykesville."

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