As part of its ongoing commitment to community wellness, The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC) has donated $5,000 to support the Riverside Park Community Playground Project in Presque Isle, becoming the first donor at the “Crusader” level of the project.  


“We are proud to be able to help with this effort,” said TAMC President Greg LaFrancois.  “TAMC supports projects that promote healthy lifestyles.  It is our hope that this project will get families out of the house and engaged in exercise.  Childhood obesity is a problem in Aroostook County.  Fun activities that improve fitness go a long way towards a solution.”

The Riverside Park Community Playground Project is being undertaken through a collaborative effort by the Presque Isle Rotary Club, the Kiwanis Club of Presque Isle, the City of Presque Isle and the United Way of Aroostook.

“This collaboration has been amazing.  Hopefully this is the first of many collaborative projects between these like-minded organizations,” said A.J. Cloukey, who represents the Kiwanis Club of Presque Isle on the Riverside Park Playground Committee.

A new playground is needed in Riverside Park near the Sargent Family Community Center since the one previously located there has been dismantled.  The equipment was over 40 years old and was becoming a safety hazard.  Efforts are now underway to establish a new, modern playground, including handicap accessible options to meet the needs of all local children.

A minimum of $100,000 is needed to proceed with the playground project, with additional levels offering the ability to add more pieces of equipment.  The desire is to reach level 4, for a total of $250,000.

Businesses, organizations and community members are invited to make a donation at any level to support the Community Playground Project.  Donations can be made during the Rotary Auction on Saturday, December 16, from 12:00 noon until 7:00 p.m. either at the Rotary Store in the Aroostook Centre Mall or by calling 207-554-5153.  Donations can also be mailed to the City of Presque Isle, Attn: Playground Project, 12 Second Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769.

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