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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Volunteers organizing to fix up Sargent Avenue playground in Nashua

A movement that started on social media to fix the equipment at the playground on Sargent Avenue will come to fruition next weekend, when volunteers are expected to gather to lend a helping hand.

Nashua resident Paul Shea is helping to organize a cleanup effort at the playground from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, June 29. Volunteers will spread mulch, paint the fence, clean up trash, scrub graffiti and attend to other needs. ...

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A movement that started on social media to fix the equipment at the playground on Sargent Avenue will come to fruition next weekend, when volunteers are expected to gather to lend a helping hand.

Nashua resident Paul Shea is helping to organize a cleanup effort at the playground from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, June 29. Volunteers will spread mulch, paint the fence, clean up trash, scrub graffiti and attend to other needs.

Shea said the initiative spawned from a discussion about the condition of the playground on a Facebook group called the Nashua Civic Sounding Board.

Although the city is planning to install new playground equipment in the future, Shea said volunteers hope to “show the playground some love and spruce it up in the meantime.”

“We are reaching out to our neighbors, family, and friends and the broader community to get a large group together,” he wrote last week. “We hope to draw over 25 people, so that we can also spread out and clean the Salem Street Tot Lot as well.”

The Parks and Recreation Department will provide bags, wood chips, rakes, and white and green paint for the effort. Volunteers also are encouraged to bring their own yard tools, such as rakes, gloves, shovels and wheelbarrows.

For more information, contact Shea at paulwshea@gmail.com or 508-0687, or visit www.facebook.com/events/519532004841389.

– JIM HADDADIN