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Help Build the Lakefront Playground

With just days until construction begins on Oct. 20, the Geneva Community Lakefront Playground continues to make great strides – and now the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning (CCESL) is looking for help in the build’s success. Volunteer registration for Build Day is now open, and members of the Geneva and HWS communities are encouraged to register.

Due to overwhelming support, the project has exceeded its initial fall goal of $100,000. “Our final goal is to add some unique and fun equipment for the spring of 2013, and in order to do so we are continuing our fundraising,” explains Assistant Director of CCESL Jeremy Wattles. “These items were in our original design – and many were things children in the community specifically picked out on design days.”

Those on the playground committee have set a new goal of reaching achieve a total of $120,000 by the spring. In an effort to do so, CCESL will be working with the HWS and Geneva communities on two additional fundraising events. On Sunday, Nov. 4, there will be a “Relay for Play” event held at the Bristol Field House. Coordinated by the Office of Residential Education, the relay is open to the public.

Another effort is being organized by the Smith Opera House and its Director Kelly Bradley. All are invited to check out the “Battle of the Bands” fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 2, when local bands will compete to raise money in support of the playground build.

If you would like to lend your time and support, you can volunteer to help build the playground on Saturday, Oct. 20 at

Interested volunteers can also contact CCESL at for more information.

The playground is a part of a collaborative project with Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the City of Geneva the Geneva Community Projects committee through the KaBOOM! organization. Recently, the City of Geneva was awarded a $20,000 grant through Let’s Play, a community partnership led by Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to get kids and families active nationwide. Geneva was one of only two cities in New York State to be named a “2012 Playful City USA” community by KaBOOM!.

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