TOP STORY OF THE DAY: A grand reveal - Cory Community Playground

Monday, July 1, 2024
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The Cory Community Playground, located at 500 Center Street in Cory.

After a weekend of dreary weather, the official ribbon cutting for the Cory Community Playground couldn't have been held in better weather.

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On Sunday, the Cory community, buzzing with excitement, came out in droves for the grand opening. The event was a true celebration, complete with the signature Cory Apple Festival drink, apple cider slushies, and food provided by local food truck BBQ Bills.

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In 2023, the Wabash Valley Community Foundation, through its Clay County Unrestricted Grants, allocated $20,000 to the Cory/Perry Township Volunteer Fire Department to repair and renovate the playground area near the fire department. Moreover, through its CreatINg Places Program, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority raised an additional $50,000; the IHCDA matched $1 for $1 to raise another $50,000.

Shane Wiram, president of the Cory/Perry Township volunteer fire department, explained that no funds came from the department's budget.

"That's a testament to this community," said Wiram.

The new playground, designed with inclusivity in mind, provides a space for children of all ages and abilities to have fun and play together. Emily Cannon, an instrumental part of the Cory Playground Committee, said it was time to upgrade.

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"Everything is handicapped accessible and there is a ramp on one side of the entrance," explained Cannon. "There are lots of different activities within it, ranging from 2 to 12 years old, sensory activities, and gross motor activities for all ages."

Work isn't complete yet; a permanent sign with donors' names and benches will be placed around the area.

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"We'll continue to grow the grounds around the project and maybe do a brick walkway in the future."

Cannon says the project has been met with unwavering support from the community, saying they have gone above and beyond, even helping spread mulch for the playground ahead of its grand opening.

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"We're really excited and appreciate all our donors," said Cannon. "We hope everyone comes out to see, visit, and play on it."

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