Mayor Barlow announces opening of new Kingsford Park School Playground
City of Oswego Mayor Billy Barlow officially opened the brand new Kingsford Park School playground today with a ribbon cutting event with school administrators and students. In 2016, three 2nd grade classes took a field trip to City Hall to advocate for a new playground at Kingsford Park. Those students, now 4th graders, were on hand to help the Mayor officially open the playground. The new playground was a major priority of 5th Ward City Councilor John Gosek who successfully secured $40,000 in funding in the 2018 City budget to replace the existing old and deteriorating playground.
“I am extremely excited to open this new playground and deliver for the outstanding students at Kingsford Park School. This project started when these students came to City Hall to lobby for a new playground. Two years later, they have their new playground and realize their participation in local government was effective,” said Mayor Barlow. “Replacing this playground is consistent with our broader strategy of enhancing our parks, improving our community and making Oswego a better place for our youth,” Barlow continued. “Our parks and playgrounds are a critical piece of our community and my administration will continue our efforts by replacing old playground equipment and continually improving our parks and public space,” Barlow said.
5th Ward City Councilor John Gosek championed the park replacement project by advocating and securing the funding during the 2018 City budget process and worked to organize volunteers and coordinate with school officials to make sure the project was completed for the new school year. " The opening of this playground is the culmination of over a year of hard work, dedication and determination on the part of various community stake holders - city officials, school district officials, parents and volunteers. I would personally like to thank them all, especially Kompon sales representative Brie Martinez. This playground is the sort of collabotative community based project that embodies and showcases the true spirit of Oswego and reminds us why our city is such a great place to live and raise a family,” said Councilor Gosek.
Kingsford Park School Principal Mary Volkomer thanks Mayor Barlow and Councilor Gosek for listening and taking action following the students field trip to City Hall. "Let this day inspire us all to continue to work in service of others, to create a better park, a better community and a better version of ourselves,” she said.
The student who wrote Mayor Barlow letters and visited his office two years ago assisted with the cutting of the ribbon. The Oswego Bookmobile and the Oswego City Youth Bureau was on hand to offer some activities during the ribbon cutting.
(Accompanied photo shows Mayor Barlow, Councilor Gosek and Principal Volkomer with the 4th grade students who lobbied Mayor Barlow for the new playground cutting the ribbon officially opening the playground to all children)