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April 8, 2014

Volunteers give new life to old playground

Playground: Neighborhood kids to get safe place to play


Two opportunities have just been announced for community participation in this important project. Team Haverhill is raising $25,000 to match the city’s cash investment in the renovation, and community members can help achieve that goal.

Fundraising events include a “Friday Fun Night” on May 2 to benefit the playground. The Haverhill YMCA on Winter Street will open its doors from 6 to 9 p.m. with more than a dozen activities for children in kindergarten through grade five (parents welcome too), plus pizza and a drink. Cost is $10 for one child and $20 for a family. To register, please email ekmanc@northshoreymca.org, or call the YMCA at 978-374-0506, ext.1603. Register by April 25 to avoid the $2 fee for last-minute registrations. Checks payable to “Haverhill YMCA” may be dropped off at 81 Winter St.

Team Haverhill has also established a crowd-funding site that can be promoted through personal social networks. The link for donating and for sharing with your network is www.gofundme.com/80kx4o. This information is also available the Facebook page for Team Haverhill.

In addition, community members can visit Team Haverhill’s “Playground Project” booth at KidsFest on May 18 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This well-attended annual event is sponsored by the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce, and will be held this year at Kimball Farm.

For more information about any aspect of the Portland Street Playground renovation, visit www.teamhaverhill.org, or email info@teamhaverhill.org.

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