Kids Korner Off Limits

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JESSUP, Pa. -- A popular playground in Lackawanna County is off limits. Officials in Jessup say an aging playground may have some structural issues.

Jessup DPW workers and a team of building inspectors were the only ones allowed on the borough's Kids Korner playground near Memorial Field on Erie Street.

Jessup borough council voted this week to close the playground so that it could be checked for structural problems.

"We all have maintenance in life, so I'm sure it needs a little bit of maintenance," said borough resident Joseph Pilato.

Folks having a bite to eat at Keystone Restaurant weren't surprised to hear about the playground's closure.

"It was sort of a new idea at that time, I think it was one of the first ones that we had seen around here anyway. It was a real asset for the community, but it's starting to show its age," Mike Walsh said.

Jessup borough officials say any repairs here will likely just be buying them time. There's a long-term plan to completely replace the playground.

For now, they're looking for any rotted-out wood or broken bolts. The borough and some community groups have plans to replace Kids Korner in about two years.

"If we can find the money, I think we all need to sit down and figure it out," Pilato said.

People we talked to say a new place to play would be a worthy investment.

"I think whatever needs to be done, it's worth the trouble and the expense of doing it because it'll be for the new generation of kids. They grow up fast," Walsh added.

2 comments

  • John S Mellow

    “If we can find the money, I think we all need to sit down and figure it out,” Pilato said.

    People we talked to say a new place to play would be a worthy investment.

    “I think whatever needs to be done, it’s worth the trouble and the expense of doing it because it’ll be for the new generation of kids. They grow up fast,” Walsh added.

    The article does not seem to give the full story of what has been going on in the background regarding funding this playground. The same Valley View school board member that was very vocal in attacking public comment regarding suggestions for the school district and Archbald Borough to pursue their own Host Agreement with Invenergy, has had no problem with stating the entire Invenergy contribution last year of $250,000 should go to the playground renovation. This same school board member did not pursue any grants for the documentation of structural damage to the Natatorium building but had the time to pursue two state grants for the playground.

    The renovation of this playground would be a very worthy project and not complaining on this effort. However, it seems the original concept of decades ago, with neighborhood volunteers and contractors, versus power plant contractors and a total cost of one million dollars should raise some questions.

  • whatever831

    I was attending LaSalle Academy when that playground was built. Sometimes if we were lucky we got to have recess or gym class over there! I’m going to be 34 years old lol. I hope they repair it or replace it quickly for the kids. It was one of the nicest playgrounds!

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