End is near for popular Cranberry playground; replacement in the works
The end of Playtime Palace is near.
The closing of the popular playground in Cranberry Community Park will be celebrated with a myriad of events Friday through Sunday.
Events will include 5K and 1-mile races to help support Kids Castle — a larger and more varied replacement playground to be built nearby.
Organizers of the project are inviting everyone who has ever made use of Playtime Palace to join in the Kids Castle races starting at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
Groundbreaking for the new playground and unveiling of its ‘TODAY' section — the community-build portion of the playground, the design of which is based on the drawings of 3,500 local students — will take place at 8:55 a.m.
Registration for the race is available on site at 8 a.m. or online at www.CTCChest.org at any time. Runners and walkers are welcome to sign up for both the 5K and 1-mile events.
Those who have preregistered can pick up their race packages today, Thursday, and Friday at the township building.
The disassembly of Playtime Palace will begin Monday.
April and May will also see the project's final push for donations. Although commitments of $310,000 are already in hand, another $180,000 is needed to complete the project. The decision as to whether the playground can be completed as designed with the funds available, will be made at end of May. Land grading and pathways will go forward in either case, but the purchase of play equipment and park furnishings will be determined by the outcome of fundraising.