MORRISVILLE BOROUGH >> Christened by the laughter of children at play, borough leaders officially cut the ribbon on the first phase of its new playground at Williamson Park.
The $122,500 project replaces Imagination Island, a beloved community-built wooden playground that fell into disrepair and had to be torn down for safety reasons in 2016.
“This has been a long time in coming to get some new equipment down here,” said Council President Debbie Smith during a brief ceremony on April 13. “Everyone was really disappointed when the original wooden structure was shut down. It was at least 25 years old and it was time to get something new. We’re excited - the Council, the administration and the residents - that we’re finally getting something started.
“This is phase one of the equipment that will be put down here for the kids,” Smith continued. “Phase two (additional equipment for older children) is in production with the next grant cycle going in.”
Smith thanked borough engineer Kurt Schroeder and Gilmore Associates for its work on the project. She also thanked Wrightstown-based Mizu Contracting for building the new play area.
“They did a fabulous job of getting this done,” said Smith. “We know all the kids and parents enjoy this. We think it looks fabulous.”
State Rep. Perry Warren joined council and Mayor David Rivella in celebrating the new addition to the park.
“There’s always something going on here in Williamson Park. This is an awesome facility and this structure only adds to it. Thank you borough council for working so hard to get this done.”
Councilwoman Danielle Larison added, “We’ve waited for such a long time for this. I know a lot of people were really sad when the old structure had to be torn down. A lot of people put a lot of time and effort into building it originally and we should thank them. Without them building that, we don’t know if we would have this here. So they were the start of this playground for us. They deserve a huge round of applause for doing that as well. With this new tot lot, all the little kids are now going to have a place to play. So let’s get this ribbon cut and let the kids in there.”
With that, the officials cut the ribbon sending a swarm of eager young children into the play area where they christened the slide and climbing equipment with their smiles and laughter.
Editors Note >> I was among the many who volunteered their time and sweat equity building Imagination Island in Morrisville and Kids Kingdom in Lower Makefield. Both builds were overseen by Leathers & Associates and both involved many members of the community and donations from the business community to make them happen.