Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, June 19, 2014
Volunteers needed for creation of new Deer Isle playground
The site of the former playground in Deer Isle, Maine. The town is seeking volunteers to help choose new equipment for the empty site.
by Faith DeAmbrose
If the Deer Isle Board of Selectmen was to place an ad for playground committee members it might read something like this: Seeking people who want to shape the future of a playground in Deer Isle. Must be able to spend money (that is already in hand), must have an appreciation for skimming through catalogues to find just the right apparatus, and the ability to assemble would be considered a plus.
To date, said Third Selectman Lewis Ellis, the selectmen have heard complaints from the community about the playground, but so far no one has been willing to step forward to help plan for a new facility.
The playground, which had been behind the former elementary school, was removed last year, said Ellis, and $20,000 was awarded to the town from a grant fund administered by Hancock County, for the expressed purpose of purchasing new equipment.
“We placed a notice in the paper asking for committee volunteers,” said Ellis, “but we didn’t get any response. We have the money, we just need people to spend it.”
Those wishing to be part of a committee to choose new playground equipment should contact the town office.
“We need to do some more research about what is needed and appropriate for the space. This is not dead,” said Ellis, “but we need some help.”