TICONDEROGA - When Joyce Cooper sees children on the new playground equipment in Bicentennial Park, she smiles - not just because youngsters are having fun.
"That playground is the result of a true community effort," Cooper said. "It shows the way people can come together in Ticonderoga."
The Ticonderoga Kiwanis with help from the town highway department, local businesses and others erected new playground equipment in the park this summer.
Kiwanis installed the original playground in the back in 1980 and decided to update some of the equipment. The new playground pieces cost $1,500.
"It's a very popular park, particularly with under-school-age kids," said Cooper, Kiwanis vice president. "We want to maintain the park for those children and their families."
But what started out as a Kiwanis project quickly expanded.
"We realized it would be a monumental undertaking for the Kiwanis to complete the work," Cooper said. "It was a lot more involved than we first realized."
So Kiwanians contacted local contractor Ed Nolan for help. He then reached out to the Ticonderoga Highway Department. During the installation, as parts were needed, Aubuchon Hardware and ProBuild offered assistance.
"The Kiwanis decided on the placement and helped with some minor work, but Ed (Nolan) and the town crew really took over," Cooper said. "They were all fantastic. The job was completed in one morning."
Working with Nolan were Ti Highway Superintendent Pat Morrison and crewmen Farley Ezzo, Tim Huestis, Dick Avery and Kent Belden.
Art Secor was the chairman of the Kiwanis effort.
"What I liked about the project was the way everyone came together to help," Cooper said. "Ed agreed to volunteer his time, Pat was glad to help and local businesses chipped in. It was really nice."