ASTON — Second Ward Commissioner Carol Graham and her daughter Kit Spayd's longtime dream of having a handicapped-accessible playground for children ages 1-12 is becoming a reality thanks in part to a $300,000 funding commitment by Energy Transfer Partners.
“All children deserve to experience the joy that a community playground brings and the friendships that are made,” said Joseph McGinn, Energy Transfer vice president of public affairs and government relations. “As a resident of Aston Township myself, I’m proud that Energy Transfer, which moves the energy products used to make playground equipment, has made this commitment that will enable the township to move ahead with this great initiative. The community will be able to enjoy this playground for generations to come.”
Energy Transfer Partners and its local affiliate Sunoco Pipeline are building the Mariner East Pipeline project.
The Smiles in the Playground, which will be located at the township community center on Concord Road, will feature swings, merry-go-round, seesaw, climbing area and much more.
“Although we have received some donations and commitments from private residents, the cost related to developing and equipping the playground has been a huge hurdle,” Spayd said. “We are truly grateful for the leadership and partnership that Energy Transfer has provided to make our handicapped-accessible park a reality.”
The overall theme of the park is to inspire children in the community to try things that they thought were outside of their range of capabilities and empower them to overcome obstacles.
“I’m proud to see a private business such as Energy Transfer appreciate and invest in the communities that they are a part of,” Graham said. “This is a wonderful example of a company being a great neighbor.”
The township is currently in the process of working with its engineers and vendors to finalize the plans for the playground. Additional information will be available as the project moves forward.
“We are truly grateful for the leadership and partnership that Energy Transfer has provided to make our handicap-accessible park a reality,” Aston Township Commissioners President Jim Stigale said. “The company that moves America’s energy is now energizing our kids to interact socially so that no one is left on the sidelines.”
The Mariner East pipeline project eventually will move hundreds of thousands of barrels of volatile liquid gases such as ethane, butane and propane from the state's Marcellus Shale region to a facility in Marcus Hook. It has drawn bitter opposition from resident and neighbors who have been critical of routing it through densely populated neighborhoods.