By Jonathan Selig
Special to the Express
Talk about a productive weekend!
Some of us run some errands, work on the yard, maybe hit a soccer game or two.
Well the people of Halifax have officially raised the bar on weekend production.
The people of Halifax built a playground.
Hundreds gathered as part of a community build to resurrect the Halifax Open Play Space.
The original wooden structure – built in 1991 – was taken down six years ago after falling into disrepair and becoming a safety concern.
After the demolition the “Friends of HOPS” went to work. The group of about 10 volunteers held countless fundraisers, from the annual “Hop for HOPS” 5K, to the cow bingo “Plop for HOPS” to ”Chops for HOPS” meat raffles and “Rock for HOPS” concerts. They also helped secure a $50,000 grant from the state. When all was said and done they gave the town more than $200,000 towards a new playground.
The new space is completely ADA compliant and features many cutting edge pieces including several spinning structures, a climbing structure and a 75-foot zipline.
It currently remains closed until the playground’s rubber pathway can be poured in place but should be ready in the coming weeks.