Huntington Park Playground Ribbon Cutting

Huntington Park Playground Ribbon Cutting


>>:First of all, I’d like to
thank everyone for attending this event tonight. It’s a
much better day than Tuesday afternoon was, pouring down
rain. So, you know, the postponing it actually worked
out for the better for us. But, first of all, I’d like to
introduce myself my name is Raul Delerme. I’m the bureau
chief for Capital Projects Park Planning and
Construction. And John Byrd our director sends his regrets
he couldn’t be here with us tonight. He’s actually on
vacation. So again, thank you for coming. And I do see some
people in the audience that attended the meeting about a
year ago with our park board. And I’d like to thank the
people who attended that meeting to propose on how we
could rebuild this park. Thank you for attending that and
speaking to the park board on your behalf. And this
community park was constructed back in 1986 and that park had
an old wooden playground at the time. And back in 2009
that’s when we rebuilt the playground as it sat in this
location. But unfortunately, on May 26, 2015 it was burned
down due to arson. But the community rallied together,
they met with us here on site and asked us how we can
rebuild this playground quickly and how – actually try
and restructure it and actually get more equipment.
And as you see we did that here today. And it’s a great
piece of equipment, a nice playground. The playground
just to give you an idea is separated into two areas. We
have 2 two to 5-year-old playground set here. We have a
swing – two-base swing set. And what we enlarged behind me
is a large 2 to 5-year playground area. And as you
see if you walk on the surface it’s a nice bonded rubber
playground surfacing which is a product that really holds up
to the attenuation, you know, for falls and all that. So
back in the spring of 2018 we’re also going to – we’re
hoping in the spring of 2018 if you see here on the side
here is conceptual plan that we came up with we actually
met with the board to redesign this site to make it a better
site. So we’re going to talk a little more at the end of that
let you know what is going to exist. But now I’d like to
introduce our county executive, Allan Kittleman.>>:Thank you, Raul. (APPLAUSE)>>:Thank you very much Raul.
First before I say anything else, I want to thank the
community for your patience for working with us so well.
This couldn’t have happened without all of your support
and all of your input. I also want to make sure I thank the
Recreation and Parks Department, Raul and everybody
else who is here and those who were part of it. We’re very
fortunate in Howard County to have a recreation and parks
department that really works with our communities and
really does the best they can to try to figure out the best
ways in which our properties can be used to help our
communities. And this is very special place. I know that Jan
and Frank and Guy who are here next to me. They know the
community very well. They’ve represented it for a long,
long time. But for me it’s special now because my
daughter lives here. And she actually walked down the path.
She just lives right around there. And she comes here. Her
dog is here today. She comes here with her dog and she
doesn’t have children, yet, yet. Waiting for
grandchildren. But this is the case she lives in. So I’m glad
to see that we have this for her and her boyfriend and
everyone else to come and be part of it. So thank you to
the young people for being here. I also want to thank our
state delegation as well of course Jen Terrasa, the
council person working so closely with the community and
being involved with that. Thank you, Jen. But our state
delegation helped put a state bond bill in. Senator Guzzone
and delegate Turner and the delegation made sure that
there was also state funding to help support this. So this
was a great partnership between the state and the
local and the community. I think it’s going to turn out
to be really good. And I appreciate all your support.
With that, I want to turn over to my former council
colleague, Guy Guzzone we serve on the council for a
while and also the legislature to have him save your words. (APPLAUSE)>>:Good afternoon, everybody.
You know, I was sitting here for a couple of moments. And I
when Raul was talking I could barely hear what he was
saying, I’m sitting next to him. I can barely hear what
he’s saying because the kids laughing in the background. I
got to tell you that put the biggest smile on my face to
think that that’s what this kind of place does. And bigger
smile, too, that, you know, when something happens, when
some sort of tragic event where somebody unfortunately
did a misdeed here that we said no, we’re not going to
stand for that. We’re going to rebuild it, again. And we’re
going to make sure that the kids have a place to play once
again. So I’m going to call Delegate Turner up also if he
wants to say a few words. The county executives correct, the
delegation came together on this project and came up with
$150,000 bond bill to help fund this playground. So it’s
something that the whole delegation has a real
commitment to. I actually, up until two days ago, lived
right beyond those trees. And my kids played here. So I know
how important this community park is and how important
community parks in general are. So anyhow, with that
being said I’m going to turn it over to delegate Turner. (APPLAUSE)
>>:Thank you. I think Guy said
most of – and the executive said most of what needed to be
said. You know, it’s just one thing I would keep us vigilant
and keep us – keep our – keep focused on let’s make sure
this playground is here. Let’s everybody keep their eyes
open. And if you see something, say something. And,
you know, we’ll respond. And I’m sure that that would be
the call for everyone, you know, just make sure this is
the last time we have to do this. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)>>:There’s actually one more
person I’d like to introduced. But I wanted to say something
about her real quick. The next person I’d like to introduce
is a person who loves to design playgrounds I’ve worked
with her for several years. One other thing she likes to
do is pick out the colors. So I’d like to introduce
councilwoman Jen Terassa.>>:Thank you, Raul. I do love
playgrounds. I love playgrounds because
playgrounds build communities. And I know this community is
going to be so thrilled. And is so thrilled to have this
important community asset back. I think – I know we are
excited to have it back. And I think one thing we haven’t
mentioned is this is actually the second time we’re
rebuilding or the third time, really. But the second time
we’ve lost this playground. And we – I think the third
time is absolutely the time we’re going to keep this one
going. This one is nicer than it has ever been and I’m so
excited to be here. I want to thank the county executive and
Rec and Parks and the delegation for all partnering
to make this happen. And I think Senator Guzzone already
said, the sounds of the kids playing in the background is
really what this is all about. And I just love that sound. So
without – I am just so excited to be here and thankful that
we are opening up this community asset again. Thank you. (APPLAUSE)>>:Just one last thing is
actually the bond bill is going to go a lot further than
just a playground. As you see here on the side what we’re
planning on doing for our next phase is actually we’re going
to make the basketball court. This is going to become kind
of a multi-purpose play area. And then we’re going to move
the basketball court kind of around the back corner here if
you locate – see on the plans you’ll see where the
playground is. And then also we’re going to have a loop
pathway system. And what’s nice about that is going to be
approximately a quarter acre. I’m mean not a quarter acre,
sorry. A quarter mile long. So basically four times around
will be a mile. So people walking will know, you know,
what their exercise is going to be. So now I’d like to
invite, you know, all the children to come up and cut the
ribbon with us, if you can.>>:Hi, mommy. (LAUGHTER)>>:Everybody ready?>>:Yes.>>:Ready.>>:OK. Three, two, one we’re
going to cut, OK?>>:(In unison) Three, two,
one. (APPLAUSE)

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