Ribbon cut on restored playground in Reading

Essick Playground project is Gilmore Henne Foundation's 8th since 2010

Ribbon cut on restored playground in Reading; video report by WFMZ's Jim Vasil

READING, Pa. - Playgrounds are meant to be safe havens for kids. Too often, though, they're dilapidated. That's where the Gilmore-Henne Foundation steps in.

"Kids thrive on the playground," said Christina Anderton from the Gilmore Henne Foundation. "They learn how to communicate with each other. They learn how to interact.

"To have a safe, clean place for our kids to play is critical to our community," Anderton said.

The foundation was started by retired NFL player John Gilmore and current Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne. Both players graduated from Wilson High School.

The foundation's mission is to revitalize parks and playgrounds. This summer, Essick Playground at Church and Oley streets in Reading got a makeover.

"We had about 160 people come out, community members, neighbors, Gilmore Henne supporters, family," said Anderton.

Kids can look forward to enjoying a redone basketball court, pavilion and benches, thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

"It was our eighth project since 2010," said Anderton. "We partnered with the Reading Rotary, who are the applicants for this project, to breathe new life into this space."

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