"I like this playground," said 4-year-old James Thomas Shoe. He and some friends were trying out the new playground at Lions Club Park in New Windsor last Sunday.
"I like the jungle gym rock wall," said 6-year-old Victoria Shoe.
Four-year-old Natalie Grace Coe said her favorite part of the new playground is "when I slide down the humongous slide."
The playground, which opened Aug. 15, will be officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5 p.m. Sunday, followed by a concert by Pet Rock.
Frank Schaeffer, New Windsor town manager, said the multi-level handicap-accessible playground "is rated for kids from 5 to 12."
After inspections of the old playground equipment revealed safety hazards for children, Schaeffer said, the town decided to build a whole new playground rather than replace parts. The total cost of the project was $95,000 - with 90 percent of the funding from Project Open Space, five percent from the Carroll County government and the remaining five percent from the town.
The new equipment features a rubberized play surface; four swings, including a swing for disabled participants; a climbing wall; two slides; a see-saw; a learning station, "and various ladders and things to climb up and over," said Schaeffer.
"They did a good job," said New Windsor resident Thomas Shoe, who accompanied his children to the park Sunday.
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"We came as soon as it opened," said Wendy Coe, who was at the park with daughter Natalie Grace and 5-month-old Ryan in a stroller. "We stroll on down every day."
Coe described the new park as "really nice." She said, "The old one was well-used."
The Lions Club Park is at the intersection of Maple and Lambert avenues in New Windsor. Parking is just off of Lambert Avenue.
Take along a lawn chair or blanket to settle in for the concert by Pet Rock after the ribbon-cutting. The group performs popular music from the 1960s to present. Light refreshments will be provided. The event is free.
For more details, call 410-635-6575 or email
The New Windsor Heritage Committee has regular monthly meetings on the first Monday at 7:30 p.m. Because Labor Day falls on the first Monday of September, the meeting has been rescheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9.
Meetings take place at the New Windsor Museum, 207 Main St., which the heritage committee operates.
Recently, the heritage committee accepted nominations for the first time for the New Windsor Hall of Fame. Nominees included people from the distant past to the present who have positively impacted the history of the historic town. Final decisions for inclusion in the "Founders" and "Champions" categories have been made and inductees will be honored at a dinner on Nov. 23. More details will be forthcoming.
The New Windsor Museum is open most Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or by appointment. The Fountain Shoppe, located within the museum, features unique items related to the history of New Windsor, including books, post cards, pottery, totes, an Emmy Award-winning DVD about the town and more.
For additional information, visit newwindsorheritage.org or call 410-635-2602. The heritage committee is also on Facebook.