LONDONDERRY - The first weekend in November a group of Londonderry residents volunteered to demolish the old playground equipment at Pingree Park.

On a beautiful Saturday morning Curt Cowles and his three children Emily, Sam and Maggie, Mike Arace and John Gometz joined several members of the Parks Board to make room for the new playground, scheduled to open in the spring of 2014.

The volunteer efforts that continue to help move this project along pay tribute to all of the helping hands that built Pingree Park.

Two weeks after demolition day, the Parks Board received notice that the Pingree Park Revitalization Project was awarded $22,000 from a Buildings and General Services Grant through the State of Vermont. The Board is still working to raise the required 1:1 matching funds for the grant. Fund raising efforts have brought the current total of matching funds to $15,902.20. Community support behind this project has been vital, and makes installing new playground equipment a reality. Many thanks to all those who have helped make this possible.

The Parks Board still has more work to do. They continue to look into fundraising and grant opportunities to complete the rest of the revitalization project, which included resurfacing the tennis court, building a dog park and installing power and security. The Parks Board will be sponsoring a Valentine's Day Sweetheart Dance at Magic Mountain to benefit Pingree Park.

Those who have any interest in getting involved in Londonderry's Town Parks should contact the Park's Board at Those who would like to contribute to the Pingree Park Revitalization Project may make a donation to: Londonderry Town Park Fund 100 Old School St. S. Londonderry, VT 05155.