Nason Street Playground Rededicated and 'Open for Business'
Thursday at 5pm, town officials, neighbors and others cut the ceremonial ribbon and celebrated the completion of the Nason Street Playground, rededicated in honor of the late Henry ‘Ski’ Faenza, a resident who made it his mission to keep the playground clean and free of vandalism and trash. And, many of “Ski’s” relatives were on hand, too, including a great granddaughter who cut the ribbon and grandson Joe Faenza, who still lives in the family home and also makes sure to keep an eye on the place whenever possible. "If I see older kids or Dean students in here after hours, I call the police," he said. The "other" problem, he noted, is people bringing dogs into the space and not cleaning up.
The Community Preservation Committee awarded $300,000 to the Recreation Department to renovate and construct a new handicapped accessible playground for ages 2-12 years old. The project is the first completed and funded by Community Preservation Act.
The new playground features two separate play structures (one structure for 2-5 year olds, and one structure for 5-12 year olds), a 14’ high net climber (the modern successor to the
jungle gym,’ an inclusive whirl, bifocal rock n’ raft, Ben Franklin customized quad see saw, new adaptive swing seat and an expression swing seat where parent and child can share in the swinging experience together. The entire play area is poured in place rubber surfacing, making it a truly accessible playground, according to the Recreation Department.
At the event, Recreation Director Ryan Jette delivered brief remarks and recognized those that had helped to make the project a reality.