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Northfield Kiwanis Park gets playground

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Lane Construction of Northfield donated time and equipment to re-construct a play structure at the Kiwanis Park on School St in Northfield. Putting the puzzle back together are Chris Porrorecchio, Eric Nelson and Marcus Curran.

Recorder/Paul Franz Lane Construction of Northfield donated time and equipment to re-construct a play structure at the Kiwanis Park on School St in Northfield. Putting the puzzle back together are Chris Porrorecchio, Eric Nelson and Marcus Curran. Purchase photo reprints »

NORTHFIELD — Piece by piece, Kiwanis Park is getting a new playground this week, thanks to one local company.

“It’s a really nice thing Lane (Construction Co.) is doing for us,” said Steve Stoia, past president of the Northfield Kiwanis.

Earlier this year, the Kiwanis bought the playground from the now-closed Holy Trinity School in Greenfield for $500. It was disassembled, numbered and hauled to Northfield by Lane Construction.

Lane offered its time and labor at no charge to help the service club improve its park. On Tuesday, the company laid the foundation for the playground and began to reassemble its pieces.

Weather permitting, the park will have a new performance stage and storage shed by year’s end. If the snow flies before Kiwanis member and carpenter Phil Watson can build the structures, he’ll wait for warmer weather. Either way, the club hopes to have both built before it opens the park next year.

“We will be opening in grand fashion next spring,” said Stoia. He said the Kiwanis will likely plan a grand-opening event.

The playground, geared toward school-age children, will only be available for use during park events at first.

“We’ll work out a general-use policy for the playground” to make it available when the park’s not in use, said Stoia. “One of the largest populations in town is young parents with small children. The playground will be a great addition to the park for them.”

The park, at 223 School St., currently has horseshoe pits, space for volleyball and badminton nets, and a large grill, kitchen, bathrooms and plenty of covered seating. During the park’s season, it’s available to Northfield individuals and groups for $100 per day, and $150 for out-of-towners.

David Rainville can be reached at:
drainville@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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