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Here’s an update on the playground. Photos taken October 4, 2018.
Celebrating Easton Kiwanis’ 100th birthday on July 18,. 2018 we present the Easton Playground & Gardens Project located in the Neston Heights area of Southside Easton located near the Boys & Girls Club, 210 Jones Huston Way, Easton. Check out the short video from our 100th & Groundbreaking. CLICK HERE.
OUR MISSION STATEMENT –To provide infrastructure, a conduit that brings community together, accessible neighborhood base garden & playground with direct access, resources and education for young people and adults of all ages involved in creating gardens and harvesting produce in a community setting that fosters teamwork, learning, responsibility, mutual trust and friendship among people who spend a lot of time together through inter-generational mentoring, ultimately increase healthier food intake of vegetables and fruits. Our Playground will offer a state-of-art family environment where physical motor skills are developed and early social interaction is stimulated for children’s mind, body & soul with an early introduction to cooperative sharing and learning.
UNITY GARDEN & PLAYGROUND
education for young & old
creating and harvesting food plot gardens
healthier food intake of veggies & fruits
modern playground improves motor skills
social interaction of children’s mind, body & soul
cooperation, sharing & learning
For 44 years the Boys & Girls Club of Easton, PA (the “Club”), 210 Jones Huston Way, has been saving and changing young lives every day of every week of every year. While the Club’s physical location has not changed in those 44 years its surroundings and needs have. It is located on leased land owned by the Housing Authority of the City of Easton that was originally known as the Delaware Terrace Public Housing Complex. In 2007 the 250 barracks-style apartments, built in the 1950’s, were removed and replaced with 40 senior cottages, 56 family rentals and 48 new private homes. Now 144 families surround the Club in an area defined as Neston Heights. These low-income families are comprised of a mix of ages from newborns to seniors, as are the older homes surrounding the Neston Heights neighborhood. In 2016 there were 708 youth members of the Club and an average of 150-200 children per day were involved in various activities. During the rebuilding of the neighborhood, the Club lost many of its outdoor facilities. It has now developed a master plan to provide new outdoor activities based on the theme of “Fitness, Nutrition and Community Building.” All proposed construction will be handicapped accessible and sustainably built. The Easton Playground and Gardens Projectis the first step towards implementing this vital and ambitious plan.
Now the new Neston Heights neighborhood will have a place to grow its own food crops. Children will have a new educational learning experience watching plants develop from seedlings in the greenhouse to eating freshly picked vegetables that they themselves planted and nurtured. One feature of the garden will be raised growing beds, designed for use by individuals with disabilities.
Easton Kiwanis will purchase and erect a modern inclusive playground for ages 2-12 that will allow children to learn and grow through exploration and social interaction while having physical activity. Children need to play, learn and grow together, side by side. It’s not just fun and games. The formative role of play and playgrounds is not just about young children propelling their swings to new heights, or a trio of 10-year-olds negotiating dramatic roles atop a playground tower. Children’s play behavior appears to be essential preparation for a successful adult life. Playgrounds are a place where children can learn and grow through exploration and social interaction, including play among children with disabilities. A survey revealed changing perceptions from a community standpoint. Nearly three quarters of parents believe it is important that their children have an opportunity to play with a variety of children, including those with disabilities. There are numerous benefits of inclusive playgrounds such as allowing children of all abilities the opportunity to play together, as well as bringing together parents with disabilities and an aging population. Parents take their children to the playground for both fun and exercise. 46% of parents say that fun is the most important reason they take their children to a playground, followed by 31% who say exercise is the most important reason.
We plan to involve and introduce the neighborhood resident families who will be gardening and playing with their children and grandchildren on the playground with Kiwanis. We will have an opportunity to create a Kiwanis Satellite Club and K-Kids and Builders Club within the Boys & Girls Club framework. This overall project is a major undertaking but long overdue for the Neston Heights Neighborhood of Easton, PA. During the rebuilding of the neighborhood, the Club lost many of its outdoor facilities. It has now developed a master plan to provide new outdoor activities based on the theme of “Fitness, Nutrition and Community Building.” All proposed construction will be handicapped accessible and sustainably built. The Easton Playground and Gardens Projectis the first step towards implementing this vital and ambitious plan. Easton Kiwanis will create and expand the Kiwanis Family Clubs as a result of the playground and gardens project. A win-win situation for not only Kiwanis but for residents too.