The opening of a playground at Maalwyck Park is offering residents another place in town to bring their kids to have fun.
The blue jungle gym, which is inclusive to everyone regardless of ability, was a hit during Oktoberfest last weekend as kids climbed the playset, slid down the slides and swung on the swings.
“This is awesome,” said Brenda Schmidt, as she watched her 6-year-old grandson Jaxson Prudhomme run around the playground Saturday with her boyfriend Fred Berg.
This playground is Glenville’s first inclusive one, said Supervisor Chris Koetzle.
The park’s fields are heavily used and a lot of kids play sports there while their siblings are looking for something to do.
Koetzle said choosing to make it inclusive was a little more expensive, but “an easy decision.”
But building the playground took a while, Koetzle said. Maalwyck is an archaeological area, meaning before any construction takes place the town has to bring in an investigator to make sure the town does not accidentally dig up anything it shouldn’t or negatively disturb the area.
On top of assessing the property for archaeological concerns, Koetzle said the process was slowed down a bit by covid.
Schmidt, who lives in a neighborhood less than five minutes from the park, said she’s wanted a playground at Maalwyck for a while.
“Right away I called up all my friends that had kids,” she said after learning about the playground from a neighbor.
She liked it so much, she made a video and posted it on social media and slowly showed her friends the playground’s equipment.
Whenever she has her grandson, she said, they like to go down to the Maalwyck fields and run around. But now, Prudhomme wants to go play on the jungle gym all the time.
“He loves coming down here,” she said.
The playground cost $150,000 and a pavilion and bathrooms were $750,000. The items were partially covered by a state grant of $250,000. The town provided $540,000 in funding from the town’s park fund.
Several partners also chipped. Schenectady County provided $72,000 in funding, Scotia/Glenville Kiwanis gave $25,000, Glenville and Scotia rotaries chipped in $5,000 each and Stewart’s Shops added $1,500.
Reporter Shenandoah Briere can be reached at 518-478-3320 or [email protected]
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