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Kendrick Park playground opening by June

  • Lorenzo Troia and Dylan DeFelice, employees of LHI, put together equipment for a new playground being installed at Kendrick Park in Amherst. —STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • —STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS

  • Akida McKnight, Lamar Johnson, and Lorenzo Troia employees of LHI, put together equipment for a new playground being installed at Kendrick Park in Amherst. STAFF PHOTOSCAROL LOLLIS

  • Lorenzo Troia, Lamar Johnson and Akida McKnight, employees of LHI, put together equipment for a new playground being installed at Kendrick Park in Amherst. STAFF PHOTO/CAROL LOLLIS


Monday, March 29, 2021

AMHERST — Before spring turns to summer, a new playground featuring a variety of climbing, sliding and spinning structures will open at the northern end of downtown Amherst.

Being built for around $650,000, the development at Kendrick Park will include some elements dedicated to children 2 to 5 years old, others for 5- to 12-year-olds, and some that are fully accessible.

When finished by June 1, the playground will be on a rubberized surface, and there will also be metal benches and tables for adults to sit at nearby.

The development includes a naturalized play area covered in mulch and wood fibers and featuring granite blocks and stumps, a small natural amphitheater and earthen mounds.

This marks the first project at the 3.3-acre green space, given to the town several years ago after homes once located on the property were either moved or demolished.

A $400,000 Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities state grant supplemented with matching money from the town’s Community Preservation Act account is covering the costs.

—  Scott Merzbach