Support revitalization of Fay playground by helping the Gobble Wobble

Above: Southborough Rec is looking to replace outdated playground equipment at Fay Memorial Park on Central Street. Their “Friends” are looking to help, and could use yours. (Photo by Beth Melo)

The Friends of Southborough Recreation (FOSR) help support many projects in town. A big one on the horizon is the rehab of a Town playground with work anticipated to begin next summer.

I have mixed emotions over the news. I have so many wonderful memories of my kids playing there when they were younger.

But the equipment is old. And I’m sure many little ones have gone home with splinters. So, I understand it’s time for an upgrade. And I’m looking forward to see the new equipment they come up with for kids to explore and enjoy.

Fortunately the Town has multiple funding sources for the project, including FOSR, the Southborough Metrowest Foundation and anticipated Community Preservation Act funds.*

To support the FOSR’s donation to the project (plus their ongoing community contributions), consider helping out with the Gobble Wobble.

The annual race next week is their big annual fundraiser. They still need volunteers for Wednesday and Thursday. Click here for more details.

(And if you’re planning to run/walk, be sure to register before the price goes up this weekend! The early bird rate is only through Friday! Click here for more details.)

As a side note, the Town is also planning to support an SOS project to update Finn School’s playground equipment. Expect to hear more about that in the future.

Now here’s the information shared by the FOSR: 

Your help in making this event successful also contributes to funding the replacement of the Fay Memorial Playground located on Central Street. FOSR and The Southborough Recreation Department are proud to collaborate on many community events each year, as both organizations promote and support health, togetherness, and community spirit by providing recreational activities, facilities, and special events. We believe investing in our youth and families is an integral part in developing and maintaining a well-rounded community.

To that end, FOSR is also very interested in supporting the Fay Memorial Playground project. The FOSR contribution of $10,000 will be combined with the funding from Community Preservation [Commission] and the Southborough Metrowest Foundation.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact Amy Townlsey, President of Friends of Southborough Recreation Department, at (203) 577-9402 or by email at amtownsley4@gmail.com.

*The Community Preservation Committee has voted support of the playground project. But they need to formally approve the $90,000 request at their December meeting. Then, it will still need ratification by Town Meeting voters in April.

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