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Hamburg kids zip and spin at opening of new playground

Emma Sipos' dad helped lay down a layer of stone for the ground.

Logan, Irelin and Madison's grandmother donated $150 for a paver stone with the kids' names on it.

Casey and Sydney Fata's parents helped them run a lemonade stand that raised $200.

On Saturday, moms and dads, grandmas and grandpas and all the other people who volunteered their time and raised money for Hamburg's new Community Playground watched their little ones run and climb and giggle and squeal on the finally completed project.

"It feels like a Darien Lake ride," shouted Bridget Moore, 13, of the Town of Hamburg, strapped into a harnesslike chair that flew across one of two zip lines.

Her mother, Barb, recalled how her children were nervous about the new playground.

They had grown up on the old wooden playground that was torn down last year. At 25 years old, the old playground in the Village of Hamburg, had come to its natural end, despite repairs over the years.

[PHOTO GALLERY: Hamburg Community Playground]

The new one cost $500,000 – including a $220,000 grant from the state obtained by Assemblyman Sean Ryan. The community rallied to raise the rest and they also volunteered to help build the five slides, swing sets, teeter totter, tight rope bridge, fire poles and a make-believe area for little ones.

Barb Moore and her children rode their bikes over to come check it out Saturday.

"As soon as they got here today, they were so excited," she said.

Many parents remarked at the array of different kinds of play areas the playground offers as well as how open it is, making it easier to keep track of kids as they scramble around the playground located between Prospect and Highland avenues.

Kurt Sipos sat on a wooden bench Saturday as his daughter swung back and forth on the swing set.

He volunteered a day of work, laying down stone and fabric for the ground.

"It was a rainy day too," he recalled. One of the other volunteers told him that on another day he had helped out everybody got sunburned.

Sipos was happy to see how it turned out.

"This is nice," he said. "A lot more stuff to do. A lot more open."

The zip lines were a big hit Saturday. Ava Messina, 5, and her little sister, Alaina, 3, of the town of Hamburg, couldn't get enough of it.

"One more time!" Alaina pleaded.

"Yah! Yah! Yah!" Ava chimed in.

The community helped raise much of the money for the half million dollar playground through donations, chicken dinners and lemonade stands like Casey and Sydney's. Their dad, Brett Fata, brought them to Friday's night jampacked ribbon cutting ceremony. The lines were long and it was starting to rain. So he made a deal with them.

"How would you like to come back at 6 in the morning and be the first ones here?" he asked them.

The loved the idea and they did it. And they had so much they came back yet again later in the morning after their dance and baseball.

Fata smiled as he watched his children duck in and out of hiding places and spinning around on equipment.

"It's nice to see the purity of children and parents enjoying it similarly," he said.

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