FACTORYVILLE- Factoryville has been recognized as a “Playful City USA” community, by a national program that celebrates and promotes local policies that increase play opportunities for children.
As part of the recognition, the borough is eligible for grants ranging from $15,000 to $30,000 in its initiative to keep children active.
“It’s very exciting,” Factoryville grant writer Sadie Rozenburg told borough council May 8. She noted the borough was one of only 217 communities to be recognized throughout the country and among eight in Pennsylvania.
In celebration of the honor, Factoryville will hold its first “Day of Play” June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Christy Mathewson Park. All are welcome. The borough also is selling “Factoryville Playground Task Force” T-shirts. The cost is $10, with 40 percent of the proceeds going to the playground initiatives.
“We’re getting a lot of orders for them already,” said borough manager Mary Ellen Buckbee.
The goal of the task force, whose motto is “Strengthening our community through play,” is to improve the recreational facilities for people of all ages in Factoryville and Clinton Township.
“Playful City USA” is run by Washington, D.C.-based KaBOOM! Inc., a national nonprofit organization. It included Factoryville on its 2013 list due to the efforts the borough is making in improving its recreational facilities.
“Communities like Factoryville are creating innovative programs and initiatives and deserve recognition because of their efforts to give kids the childhood they deserve and best prepare them for their future,” KaBOOM! founder and CEO Darell Hammond said in a news release.
The borough created the playground task force, whose aim is to install equipment in every park. The ultimate goal is to connect the two main parks, Christy Mathewson Park, behind Lackawanna Trail Elementary Center and the Factoryville/Clinton Township Joint Municipal Park on Creek Road across from the township building.
Right now there is no easy way to get from one park to the other, Buckbee said. But the task force is looking into ways in which people could easily navigate between the two parks.
The 217 “Playful City USA” honorees range in size from major cities like San Francisco to smaller municipalities like Factoryville.
In a separate matter, council voted unanimously to spend $8,000 to replace an inlet on Lindley Road to alleviate a storm water problem related to the flooding of a resident’s basement. The cost includes $6,000 for construction and materials and $2,000 for engineering.