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LETTER: Trahan Playground Coordinator Says 'Thank You!'

Jun 29, 2016 06:19AM ● By Theresa Gilman

Trahan playground

The Trahan Playground opened on Monday, June 20th.  The parent community came together to make this new playground, full of fun and fitness, a reality for Tewksbury’s kids.

It is important to acknowledge the folks who gave their time and support to this project.

A continuation of the 2013 voter approval of Community Preservation money for this project, thanks go out to Town Manager Richard Montuori and Mrs.Nancy Reed of the Community Preservation Committee. School Department Business Manager Sheri Matthews and Maintenance Director Jon Marchand lent their support to the project as well.

Thanks to Principal Matt Castonguay for working with the team and giving us access when needed.  Also, thanks to the HeathBrook/Trahan PAC.

Another thank you to Mike Merrill of Colonial Construction for donating his excavation and site prep including excavators, dump trucks, employees, a bobcat. Additional site prep support for the Trahan School came from MDR Construction, BMC, and Ryan Nelson of Zen Associates. Truly a team effort.
On-site management during the build was a success, thanks to the dedicated parent volunteers who contributed on build day and brought the structure to life. Special shout outs go to Steve Frechette,  Brian Donahoe, Victor Impink, Mike Laffey, and Mike Squires who gave many additional hours of time on prep work and securing the structures.
Kerry Gibson for documenting the build and updating everyone via social media.
Scott Ripley of Ripley Landscaping for spending HOURS getting the mulch into the tight spaces and spreading the entire rest of the three mountains of playground surfacing mulch and donating his bobcat services. Again, we could not have done it without you!

A very special THANK YOU is owed to Paige Impink.  Paige has worked tirelessly throughout the school year to manage these playground projects.  She has kept the project coordinators for each school on track with our design submissions, secured and coordinated the above mentioned companies, communicated with town and school officials, and has been on-site for all the prep work and building.  We could not have done this without you, Paige!  Thank you for your unwavering dedication!!
All children are welcomed to enjoy the new elementary playgrounds during the summer months. We hope you will try them out! 
Thank you all!
Meghan Laffey
Trahan Playground Project Coordinator
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