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Rensselaer Falls Playground committee holds bottle drive

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RENSSELAER FALLS — The one-acre plot for the proposed village playground in the 300 block of State Street, behind Chapin’s Country Market, 102 Canton St., officially was acquired on Tuesday.

Playground Committee members still need funds to assemble the playground and to purchase matting and fencing before it is ready for use.

So, a can and bottle drive to raise the money has been set for 3 to 8 p.m. July 10.

The equipment was purchased from BYO Recreation, Florida, for $18,000.

It includes slides, monkey bars and a climbing station. The equipment is being stored in the wastewater treatment center, property the village owns, until it can be assembled.

“We are so close to construction time, but we still need the money for installation and equipment,” committee member Renee L. Limoglio said.

The old wooden playground at 107 State St. was demolished last year due to safety concerns.

Grassroots fundraising efforts since then, spearheaded by committee members Jolene M. LaSiege and Mrs. Limoglio, have raised more than $19,000 for the new equipment.

“With the children being out on summer break, what better time to have them burn off some energy and help out?” Mrs. Limoglio said of the bottle and can drive. “It also will teach them that volunteering is a great thing. After all, this playground is for them; let the kids feel like they are helping.”

There will be a collection trailer at McAllister’s Liquors & Wines, 213 Rensselaer St.

“For those of you who are having a graduation party or Fourth of July party, this is a perfect time to get rid of your empties while helping out a great cause,” Mrs. Limoglio said.

Anyone wishing to give cans and bottles before July 10 can contact Mrs. Limoglio or another committee member to arrange for pickup.

The committee’s last bottle drive raised enough money to purchase a seven-person teeter-totter and a hexagonal jungle gym.

“That was in one bottle drive,” Mrs. Limoglio said. “Every little bit helps.”

The committee said it is looking for volunteers to assemble the equipment.

“We would love to have it up for the summer, but with the amount of volunteers we have on hand, it’s hard to do that,” Mrs. Limoglio said. “Right now we are looking for local manpower and contractors who would volunteer to do the installation.”

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