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Building a Playground in Waterbury

Waterbury public service workers are stepping up to support the collaborative effort to provide new playground equipment for Chase Park.

AFSCME Local 353 (representing city and board of education employees) and AFSCME Local 2090 (representing city supervisors) donated $800 to the project.

“Our union members are proud to support this wonderful project,” Local 353 President Mark Carlson said. “Great parks and playgrounds are critical to the quality of life for Waterbury’s children and families. The new playscape at Chase Park will improve community and neighborhood life in our city.”

Waterbury Constituent Services Manager Sarah Geary, who is overseeing the Chase playground project for Mayor Neil O’Leary, thanked the local AFSCME unions for their support.

“We’re excited that AFSCME is contributing to this effort,” she said. “It’s great to see the community uniting to provide residents with a sense of ownership in the new playground and create a strong feeling of pride in the neighborhood.”

AFSCME members will also turn for the June 23 Build Day, when approximately two hundred community volunteers will convene at Chase Park to build the playground.

“The city needs volunteers for the Build Day on June 23,” said Local 2090 President Louis Spina. “We urge folks to turn out and do what they can. It’s going to be fun.”

Last month, the City announced that KaBoom!, Inc., a national non-profit dedicated to saving play for America’s children, would team with the American Heart Association and the Connecticut Community Foundation in Waterbury to build the new playscape at Chase Park.

L-R: Debbie Damicis, Paul Pastore (Local 353), Sarah Geary, Mark Carlson (Local 353) and Ed McCann (Local 2090).

For more information about becoming a volunteer, please call Debbie Damicis at 203-574-8292.

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