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Harnessing the Power of Play

The year 2019 seemed to be “the year of the playground,” as four different local groups set out to create new playgrounds in Ashland County.

The community foundation used unrestricted dollars to provide grants to help fund each project. Each project received a $5,000 grant, for a total investment of $20,000.

Projects included DK’s Play Zone, the Ashland Middle School seventh graders’ project to build a playground at Ringler Field; Leadership Ashland’s “Play. Connect. Grow.” campaign to build a playground at Ashland County Job and Family Services; Tri-County Educational Service Center’s project to build an inclusive community playground at Mapleton Elementary School Preschool; and Park Street Preschool’s efforts to build a playground to replace an existing playground that would be torn down as part of Park Street Brethren Church’s construction project.