Golisano Children’s Hospital teams up with City of Rochester and Lyell Otis Neighborhood Association to build new playground

June 26, 2007

The Injury Free Coalition for Kids, based out of the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong’s Emergency Department, has been awarded a $60,000 Little Hands Allstate Foundation grant with the help of the Lyell Otis Neighborhood Association and the City of Rochester. The money will go toward building a children’s playground in JP Riley Park. An additional grant of $10,000 from the Regional Allstate office will go toward maintenance of the new playground.

The grant, which aims to build safe playgrounds in communities across the country, enables the community to remove playground equipment that, in many cases, is older than the parents of children who play in Riley Park, 130 Santee St., near Villa Street. Building the new playground will hopefully reduce injuries by providing neighborhood children with a safer place to play.

“Unintentional injuries are the No. 1 cause of death and disability of children under the age of 18. Once they get to the Emergency Department, there is a limit to what we can do,” said Anne Brayer, M.D., associate professor of pediatric emergency medicine with the Golisano Children’s Hospital at Strong and co-director of the Rochester chapter of Injury Free Coalition for Kids. “It’s far better to prevent injuries in the first place, and one of the most fun ways to do that is to provide children with a safe place to play.”

The demolition of the old equipment is expected on today (Tuesday, June 26). The new playground will be built by volunteers on Saturday, July 14 (please call Karen Knauf, coordinator of the Injury Free Coalition for Kids Rochester chapter, at (585) 463-2957 to volunteer). The new playground will be dedicated at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 26.

The playground project is an example of what the community can do when organizations collaborate for a common cause. The Injury Free Coalition for Kids, the City of Rochester and the Lyell Otis Neighborhood Association worked together to secure the grant funding from Allstate and community volunteers will build the playground. (A similar coalition built a playground in Maplewood Park two years ago.)

“This project shows that somebody in the city is taking an interest in the children in the area,” said Mike Visconte, president of the Lyell Otis Neighborhod Association. “It’s great to see revitalization in the Lyell Otis neighborhood.”

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