The Glendale Park has a new look and community members will be able to take advantage of it.

There’s new, colorful playground equipment at the park, and plenty of it. With school out, the equipment is one way to help pass lazy summer days in this quaint town known for its laid-back atmosphere.

The project came to life and completion through a community effort spearheaded by the Glendale Lions Club with a major financial contribution of $44,600.32 coming from the Glendale Crossing Festival Committee.

Plain and simple, the crossing festival donation was the icing on the cake.

Lions Club member John DeRamos put it bluntly, “We could not have done this without the Crossing Festival Committee.”

As pivotal as the money contributions were to the two-year project, the community effort was much broader. For instance, youth from Glendale Christian Church banded together to do a lot of the area prep work by cleaning up at the park.

Also, community members gave their time, strength and equipment to remove the aged playground equipment, cut tree limbs, clean up the park and then help construct the new playground.

The new equipment has a train theme, appropriate given the nearby train tracks that pass through the heart of town. Among the areas at the playground are a Little Tikes area featuring Biba, which provides healthy games that help children have active and imaginative play outside, according to promotional material.

It’s always amazing and encouraging when the “power of more than one” can come together and unite for a community project such as this one. In Glendale, the park long has been the center of many activities from get-togethers to ballgames.

Now, there’s a new and improved added bonus to the park and the fine people of Glendale are to be thanked.

This editorial represents a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.

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