Kids have voice in equipment

Voting held at kickoff event

WARREN — Children and adults had the opportunity Friday to vote for the type of playground equipment they would like to see at Quinby Park.

In celebration of the ninth annual National Park Trust Kids to Parks Day, Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and Warren city officials invited children and their families to the park, where they could enjoy various activities while also voting among four choices for their favorite playground equipment.

About 100 people attended the three-hour event, which also included kickball, soccer and basketball games and Warren City Fire Department fire truck tours.

Denise Rising, community outreach coordinator of the Warren Enrich program with TNP, said TNP and the city received a $40,000 grant from the William Swanston Charitable Foundation and Creating Healthy Communities to install updated play equipment at Quinby Park.

She said some new units were added last year by Creating Healthy Communities.

“We have people vote by placing a sticker by the picture of the playground equipment they like. This day was also a way to get people to our parks in the city,” Rising said.

Rising said to kick off the summer season, there were nature walks and walking tours of the park and pond with the Ohio Environmental Collaborative as well as crafts, martial arts and other activities.

“We were able to show all the improvements that have been made. People are coming to the park,” she said.

Mayor Doug Franklin said Quinby Park, which is on the city’s southwest side, is on the rebound. In recent years, the roof on the shelter house was repaired and bathrooms were updated.

“It’s a great partnership with TNP to bring life back to this park. We are soliciting community input to see what people want here,” he said.

Tanya Jornigan and her husband, Tim, brought their two young children to the event. She said, “There has been a lot more activities taking place at the park.”

Zoey Jornigan, 7, said she liked the play unit that had a crosswalk area and climbing area. Mya Jones, 7, of Warren, said she likes the biggest playground unit. Michael Jones, 10, of Warren, said he would like any of the choices.

“This will let children have something to do here,” he said.

“This one is nice because there is a lot to do. You can swing and climb and have fun,” said Mya Jones of the choice she made.

Leroy McKinzie of Community Concerned Citizens said he liked the idea of getting community input on the park. Rising said the results of the votes will be known soon and the play equipment will be installed this summer at the park.

TNP has been working in partnership with Quinby Park Partners (Community Concerned Citizens II, Warren city officials and Trumbull County Creating Healthy Communities) to make park improvements possible.



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