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Playground Events Scheduled

The Geneva Community Lakefront Playground effort is well underway and this weekend the fundraising campaign hopes to come close to its $100,000 goal.

“It’s very exciting because we are 60 percent of the way there,” says the Director of the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning Katie Flowers. “Working with the community to expand opportunities for Geneva’s children is something that is very important to the Colleges; this effort shows the meaning to that partnership.”

The project is to build a playground on the shores of Seneca Lake for local children and families.  This month, organizers will present several opportunities to get the community involved.

The Kids Fun Run for Play will take play on Saturday, June 23 at Lakefront Park. The race will begin at 11 a.m. and participants are asked to register a half hour prior to the race for children aged 2 – 12. T-shirts, snacks and prizes will be awarded to participants and a $5 donation is requested for race entry.  All money raised will go toward the playground.  To pre-register and request a T-shirt, please e-mail jlt@geneva.ny.us

On Wednesday, June 27, the Echomen will perform at Club 86 with money raised benefitting the playground.  Music and dinner will cost $35 and $10 for music only with no reserved seating. Tickets are available at Area Records in downtown Geneva or online: http://echomenatclub86.eventbrite.com/.

And an ongoing fundraiser for the playground is the Buy a Brick donation.  The cost is $100 for three lines of 15 characters per line. To receive a pledge form, please  e-mail GCLP2012@gmail.com The bricks will appear at the playground site and commemorate the collaboration between the Geneva community and the Colleges.

The effort has received much attention. Geneva recently was named a “2012 Playful City USA” community by the national-nonprofit KaBOOM! for the community’s efforts to increase play for children. Geneva is one of two cities in the state to receive this title and because of this honor the Let’s Play group – a community partnership led by Dr Pepper Snapple Group to encourage active lifestyles among children and families – awarded the Geneva community with a $20,000 grant to be used toward the project.

In the photo above, Jenny Wu’12 paints a sign for the lakefront playground.