Project to Rebuild Binghamton’s OurSpace Playground Moves Forward
Planning continues on the effort to restore a fully-accessible playground on Binghamton's West Side that was wrecked by an arson fire.
Much of the OurSpace facility at Recreation Park was destroyed June 1 as the result of the blaze.
Jennifer O'Brien, who was the project coordinator for the initial OurSpace development, says donations continue to come in from people who want to help.
Speaking on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program, O'Brien estimated the rebuilding effort may cost about $800,000.
The Community Foundation for South Central New York is accepting donations to support the OurSpace project. O'Brien said the fund now totals about $240,000.
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O'Brien doesn't know when construction may get underway on the new complex. In addition to financial support, she's looking for people who will be able to provide skilled labor for the rebuilding effort.
O'Brien expects the future OurSpace playground to be "almost identical" as the original but there likely will be some "small additions."
Binghamton police detectives have been investigating last month's fire. No arrests have been announced in the case.
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