(I to r). Many Mayor Ken Freeman inspects the new playground equipment with city crew David Smith, Josh Darden, Keaton Leach, and grants writer Jane Hardwick.
by Mary Brocato
Many Mayor Ken Freeman is pleased that the Town of Many has received a grant of more than $20,000 to purchase playground equipment for the children of Many.
The grant came from Blue Cross/Blue Shield Foundation of Louisiana and was supplemented with additional funds from the Town of Many. The grant was written by Many grants writer Jane Hardwick.
Freeman said there was a real need at the Sabine Parish Fairgrounds for an area where younger children could safely play when siblings were participating in different sports at the ball park.
The new playground equipment was installed by city workers and has swings, slides, rope ladders and other things for children to safely play on. There are also tables and barbecue grills so the entire family can enjoy watching the children have fun.
City workers will also update and paint the older equipment when weather permits . Still to be installed is a rubber matting that will go below the new equipment.
Freeman is pleased with the new playground and thinks it’s a really good addition to the facilities at the fairgrounds.