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Broadneck Park’s new pirate ship playground on horizon

BroadneckPGWeb2Amanda LaFollette

By the end of the month, the new Broadneck Park playground in Arnold should be up and swinging.

The community playground is getting desperately needed renovations thanks to the efforts of Broadneck resident Kara McGuirk-Allison, Broadneck Area Youth Sports, Anne Arundel County Recreation and Parks, and the community.

McGuirk-Allison founded Friends of Broadneck Park in February 2012, and with the help of BAYS, began fundraising for the building of a new playground. The group raised over $10,000 through golf tournaments, kite festivals, lemonade stands and more, to add to the $40,000 the county slated toward the renovations.

Mark Garrity, Anne Arundel County Parks Administrator, has confirmed that the equipment has been ordered for the new playground.

“Assuming shipping times remain consistent, and weather is on our side, we anticipate removal of the old playground in the beginning of September and the new playground installed by the end of September,” Garrity says.

The main structure of the new playground will be in the shape of a pirate ship, with 2 slides, a climbing apparatus and sails. The playground will also have two traditional swings, one toddler swing, and one special access swing. An additional structure will hold musical instruments and will be wheel chair accessible. Depending on funds, McGuirk-Allison says that other additions may be made after the initial installation.

McGuirk-Allison made her first phone call about the condition of the park in September 2011 and has been working diligently throughout the process for the park’s renovation. Although it took longer than she anticipated, she believes it was well worth the effort.

“Friends of Broadneck Park is elated the new playground project has come to fruition. It has been a two-year journey, combining fantastic efforts from BAYS, AA County Rec and Parks, Councilman Dick Ladd and the Broadneck Community,” she says. “Everyone should be extremely proud of this successful collaborative effort.”

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