Thursday, February 07, 2002

Kiwanis pay for play area upgrade

By Angela T. Koenig
Enquirer Contributor

        CHEVIOT — A $40,000 donation by the Cheviot Westwood Kiwanis will soon transform the playground at Harvest Home Park.

        On order are two large playground configurations that include swings, slides, platforms and multipurpose areas.

        Steve Neal, Cheviot safety service director, said the city was able to use the donation to leverage about $52,000 worth of equipment at a discount. The city's maintenance department will provide the manpower for installation, re-grading and mulching.

        “We are very appreciative of their generosity because if you really take the worth of it all, you're probably looking at an $80,000 value,” Mr. Neal said. “It's just such an act of good will.”

        Good will is something the Cheviot Westwood Kiwanis — known as the annual sponsor of the Harvest Home Festival — has been spreading throughout the community since its inception 65 years ago, said Joe Weber, who chairs the committee that decides donations.

        Over time, he said, the organization has donated about $188,000 to Cheviot alone. It also provides funds for projects within the historical boundaries of Green Township, including some areas of Westwood.

        Earlier this year, the Kiwanis donated $35,000 to the Margaret B. Rost School in Bridgetown to install a multisensory room, he said.

        “We try to pick a project with a minimum of $25,000 — something major that benefits the community,” Mr. Weber said.


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