Thursday, 09 June 2022 16:08

A Green Playground for Greenfield

A new playground in Greenfield, made from recycled ocean waste. Photo provided. A new playground in Greenfield, made from recycled ocean waste. Photo provided.

PORTER CORNERS — The Town of Greenfield this week staged a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the unveiling of a new “green” playground which officials say is the first installation of a playground in the nation made from recycled ocean waste. 

“It is part of our vision to expand our recreation spaces while preserving the natural integrity of our beautiful, wide-open spaces here in Greenfield,” said Town Supervisor Kevin Veitch.

The playground, which will primarily appeal to children 2 to 12 years old, measures 5,184 square feet and is approximately 108-by-48 feet. 

Located at Brookhaven Park & Golf Course at 333 Alpine Meadows Road, the playground includes a large climbing piece with two slides and a fire pole; a swing set with infant, single and multiple user options; a spica spinning pole; an arc tunnel climbing net; and five free-standing GreenLine pieces including a toddler train and carriage; an albatross seesaw; a dune buggy rocking toy; and a tipi carousel spinning toy. Cost to the town is $130,000. 

The playground highlights leading playground manufacturer Kompan’s new GreenLine products, developed from repurposed materials such as ocean waste and fishing nets. 

Kompan’s first circular playground, built on global sustainability goals, was set in May in Denmark. Greenfield officials said the local playground was the first in the country to purchase and install Kompan’s new GreenLine products.

Kompan uses recycled materials, including textiles, food packaging, plastic bags, and discarded fishing equipment to create its raw materials and reports that its emissions have reduced 50% from before the introduction of the new method. Kompan launched its GreenLine products in 2021.

The Town of Greenfield is home to 8,200 residents in Greenfield, Porter Corners and Middle Grove. Future park improvement plans include the renovation of its pavilion, building new restrooms, adding a 1.5 mile walking path and pickle-ball courts and expanding parking.

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