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Dedication of Amherst's newest playground is Aug. 3

Amherst's newest playground is ready for action.

A formal dedication of the Billy Wilson Playground begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3 in the park that also bears the name of the Army staff sergeant killed in Afghanistan in 2012.

Over 200 volunteers built the playground over several days in early June. Many of them knew William R. “Billy” Wilson III, who grew up on Dodge Road in Getzville about a mile away from the park at 1290 Hopkins Road.

The playground was designed to be inclusive of kids with all levels of abilities. Some components include a Sway Fun Glider, which can accommodate two wheelchairs, a roller table with sensory processing for kids on the autism spectrum and an Omni Spin, which has bucket seats at wheelchair height.

The grand opening includes a concert by Sunshine & Friend at 7:15 p.m. and complimentary refreshments provided by The Grapevine Restaurant.

Memories of soldier killed in Afghanistan spur volunteers building Amherst playground

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