The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

February 17, 2014

Bloomsburg University Interns unveil latest Kidsburg design

By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News

DANVILLE — DANVILLE — Two Bloomsburg University interns visited the Thomas Beaver Free Library to generate interest in the new Kidsburg playground to be built in Bloomsburg.

While no children showed up late Monday afternoon, interns Christa Loughlin and Brian Busch said other interns may return to the library to explain the project at a later date.

Youngsters may not have been at the library because they had school Monday due to the number of snow days to be made up.

The college interns showed the newest draft of the playground to be built by volunteers April 30 through May 4 in Bloomsburg’s Town Park.

It will replace the previous playground destroyed by the 2011 flood. That playground was heavily used for nearly 20 years.

The new complex will be made of recyclable plastic materials, Busch said. It will be built on higher ground near where the other wooden playground had been.

The new playground will have an underwater pirate theme and will be accessible to the disabled. There will be a section for toddlers and another area for older kids.

Children are being asked to draw playground images on postcards to send as thank-yous to people who have donated or helped out with the project.

Postcards can be downloaded at www.kidsburg.org. People can also sign up at the website to volunteer to build the project or to donate toward the playground. Contributions are tax-deductible.

The decorated postcards are being scanned in as they are completed and can be seen at the Kidsburg website.

“We need as many volunteers and as many hands as possible,” said Busch, a BU senior. Loughlin is also a senior. Both are communications studies majors from the Philadelphia area. They will work on building the playground complex a week before they graduate.

Children will be able to decorate postcards during a Bloom Bounce for Kidsburg from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 22 and from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 23 at Columbia Mall during the children’s fair. Fifty percent of admission at the bounce will go to Kidsburg.  

There will also be face painting, treats and kids making loom bracelets from colorful rubber bands.

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