Nancy Scheinert fondly remembers her children frolicking in the playground at the Pine Island Park about 20 years ago. However, fast forward to 2019, and the Recreation Camp Director was not so fond of the outdated, non-ADA compliant equipment.
“It was definitely time for new playground equipment,” she said.
Today, thanks to a grant from the Kosuga Foundation and tireless efforts by community member Susan McCosker, the new and improved Pine Island Park sparkles in the summer sun with seven new structures, including a Spinning Pumpkin and a Fly Wheel. An Onion structure featuring slides and nets, reaching ten feet in height will be installed in late August. The new equipment was unveiled on Sat., Jun. 29.
“A lot goes on behind the scenes. The company who did the work were amazing. They would work on weekends; they would work in the rain. Everyone has just been great,” said Susan McCosker, who is also grateful to Greg DeBuck for being at the park every day during construction, as well as the Minnesota based company, Landscape Structures, who utilized all USA made materials. The work began in May and reached completion this month.
“The kids just love the new playground. It’s always full, so it’s a truly used and active playground. And it’s safe,” commented Camp Co-Director Paulette Wilk Rudy.
The Lions Club, in particular George McManus and Erin Anderson, donated four new Trex benches, and the Purta family assisted with the dedication sign.
Town of Warwick Supervisor Michael Sweeton said, “The generous donation by the Kosuga Foundation has provided an incredible gift to the people of Warwick. This magnificent playground will be enjoyed for generations, and we can’t thank the Foundation as well as the Kosuga family enough. I also want to thank Susan McCosker, Greg DeBuck, the Pine Recreation committee, the Pine Island Chamber of Commerce and other private donors who made this all possible.”
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