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Greene's Field Playground in Needham gets $50,000 donation

Posted by Evan Allen  January 9, 2013 11:23 AM

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The Kyle W. Shapiro Foundation in Needham last week donated $50,000 to help build a new Greene’s Field Playground, becoming the Grand Sponsor of the project.

“The fundraising committee is very thankful for the support of Ruth Bonsignore and Andy Shaprio, trustees of the Kyle W. Shapiro Foundation,” said Allison Borrelli, chair of the Greene’s Field Fundraising Committee, in a release about the donation.

The Foundation was founded in honor of Needham High School student Kyle Shapiro, who died in 2006.

“They expressed to us that the recreation at Greene’s Field provided their family with the opportunity for meaningful friendships and want to ensure that this treasured space continues as a place where families gather, meet and enjoy our community,” said Borrelli in the release. “This is what the Greene’s Field Playground Committee wishes to preserve by creating a destination park in downtown Needham.”

The new Greene’s Field playground will replace one that was deemed unsafe and town down in 2010, according to the release. Plans for the new playground include two structures – one for little children and one for older children. The playground reconstruction is part of a larger Greene’s Field revitalization project, according to the release, which includes renovating the basketball court, building a walking path and new landscaping.

The fundraising committee also announced a $12,000 donation from Parent Talk, which will be the sole sponsor of the Go Greene St. Patrick’s Day fundraising party that will be held on March 16 at Needham Town Hall.

Tickets for that event go on sale Feb. 1, according to the release.

Residents and businesses can still help contribute the project by buying a board on the Community Boardwalk, according to the release. Each board will be engraved with a personal message. Boards can be viewed and purchased here.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available, and can be found here.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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