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Hamburg playground needs votes to win a grant

The Hamburg playground is looking for your vote to help win a $25,000 grant.

The Kiwanis Club of Hamburg entered the community playground project into the Kiwanis International Legacy of Play contest.

Hamburg is currently in second place, said Jennifer Gallardo, a playground committee member.

“Although a panel of judges decides in the end who will receive the $25,000, we believe that it will help our odds of winning if we finish with the most votes,” she said.

Voting on the playground proposals is taking place on the Kiwanis International Facebook page. The direct link to the contest voting page is http://bit.ly/1NfECmm. The 10 submissions with the highest number of votes on May 27 will become finalists, and a panel of Kiwanis judges will select the winning club. The winner will be announced June 9.

If awarded, the $25,000 from Kiwanis International will support the rebuilding of the playground located between Prospect and Highland avenues in the Village of Hamburg. The current wooden playground has been an integral part of the Hamburg community for almost 25 years, but has outlived its life expectancy.

The project needs to raise $450,000 by mid-summer to make the fall 2016 build date a reality. A matching grant of $200,000 from New York State has been secured for the project by Assemblyman Sean Ryan and more than $70,000 has been donated by the community.

To learn more about the project and how you can help, visit hamburgcommunityplayground.com.

“Our playground project is not just another playground. The new play area will include a lot of accessible play pieces and will meet the needs of a variety of kids including those in wheelchairs to kids with autism. The space will also include many play components you can’t find at any other local playground. This will be a true destination playground,” Gallardo said.

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