Grover Hills Like the Vikings of centuries ago, local children will soon have a new opportunity to explore and have fun. But instead of heading out to sea, they can enjoy their adventures at a new playground.
Children in Moriah will get a new playground with a Viking theme this spring thanks to a shared services project between the town of Moriah and Moriah Central School District.
It will be located at Linney Field in Grover Hills, west of the existing basketball courts.
The town recently received a $12,000 Creating Healthy Places grant via the Essex County Department of Public Health from the New York State Department of Health.
“We formed a committee to determine how to best use the money,” Moriah Supervisor Tom Scozzafava said. “We decided the right place to place a playground is Linney Field. It has a concentration of young people and is accessible by sidewalk.”
The playground will be constructed on school property. Linney Field is home to the Moriah football team.
The grant money will be used to purchase the playground equipment and town employees will construct it. The school district will be responsible for maintenance at the site and the town will provide insurance.
The centerpiece of the playground will be Viking ship. It was selected because the Moriah Central School mascot is the Viking.
The Viking ship, which will include slides, ladders and other obstacles for children, will be painted red and white, Moriah’s school colors, Scozzafava said.
Scozzafava said the playground will be an on-going project for the town and school.
“We hope to raise money to expand it as times goes on,” he said. “This is a good project for the community.”
Meg Parker, outreach coordinator for the Essex County Department of Public Health said the Moriah playground meets the objectives of the grant.
“The goal is to promote physical activity,” Parker said. “A playground will do that.”