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New Playground Coming To Elmwood Avenue

When the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church initially unveiled its Lafayette Loft conversion back in 2014, many people anticipated that a community playground would be announced around the same time. But that announcement was never made, and the thought was that the plans had been dropped for good.

Despite the long wait, the plans for the playground were never dropped, and this past Saturday, New York State Senator Sean Ryan made the announcement that the building of the playground was moving forward. A pop-up community event was held, to showcase the plans for the new interactive children’s feature, mde possible thanks to a $100,000 State grant that was secured by Ryan.

The playground, designed by KOMPAN Playgrounds, will include:

  • An obstacle course
  • An elevated playhouse with a slide and an accessible staircase
  • A number of ground level activities for younger children

This new playground will be the only one of its kind along Elmwood Avenue. It is being constructed to offer children the ability to improve physical, cognitive, creative, and social development, while promoting imaginative play.

“This playground will be a great space for kids of all ages to have fun and get some exercise, and we expect it to become a popular gathering place for families in Elmwood Village,” said Senator Ryan. “As we emerge from the pandemic and life begins to return to normal, I’m excited to see this project moving forward once again. I can’t wait to see the finished product.”

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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