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Installation of new playground in Amherst begins today

Volunteers will begin work Friday morning to install a new playground at Billy Wilson Park on Hopkins Road in Amherst.

The Amherst Town Board in March approved the purchase of $180,000 worth of new playground equipment, including climbing and rolling apparatus with built-in sensory elements and a wheelchair-accessible Sway Fun Glider. Volunteers are expected to save the town $75,000 in installation costs.

The June "community" build is Phase One of improvements to the playground area in the park named in honor of a 27-year-old Army staff sergeant killed in 2012 in Afghanistan.

Phase Two will be adding a toddler area, and Phase Three will see the addition of swings and a water feature. The playground is designed to be accessible to kids of all abilities.

Work will continue Saturday and Sunday if needed. Parking near the park will be restricted.

Volunteers needed to build new Amherst playground

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