The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


May 15, 2014

Playworld Systems enhances Kidsburg

LEWISBURG — Kidsburg in Lewisburg is getting a makeover, complete with new, never-before installed equipment, courtesy of local play equipment manufacturer Playworld Systems.

At a borough council work session Tuesday, Kevin Cook, sales director of Playworld, presented about the project, along with Julie Godfrey, product manager.

The new equipment will be provided and installed free of charge, the borough must simply take down the current equipment, a castle structure and swing set in the area, said Lewisburg Borough Manager Chad Smith.

“The problem with the current piece, is that it was a prototype that they no longer make,” he said. “So maintenance and upkeep is a problem.”

The tear-down should be complete by the end of July, with installation of the new equipment to begin in August, Cook said.

The new equipment will provide children the opportunity to not only play, but an opportunity to learn and grow with pieces designed to encourage social interaction and discovery, Cook said.

“Play is not a luxury, is vital to human development,” he said.

The company also appreciates and wants to be a part of the greater Lewisburg community, Cook said.

“We believe in the town and we believe in the borough, and this is just one way to share what we do,” he said.

Once installed, the new equipment will be photographed by Playworld for possible use in the company’s 2015 catalog and during product training, Cook said.

The current equipment that is being taken down cannot be reused and will be disposed of, Smith said.

“It’s not something that can be taken down and relocated,” he said.

Smith called Playworld a “superior partner” to the borough and said he hopes the Kidsburg area, located in Hufnagle Park, will become a place people seek out to play in.

“Kidsburg will be a destination, that has equipment that has not been exposed to the world yet,” he said.

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