New playground equipment honors Pa. man's memory

September 25, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Rylan Ammerman, 5, uses equipment Sunday at a playground named in memory of his grandfather in Blue Ridge Summit, Pa.
By Jennifer Fitch/Staff Writer

BLUE RIDGE SUMMIT, Pa. — The mountaintop community of Blue Ridge Summit recently received donated playground equipment to spruce up its park off Charmian Road.

Blue Ridge Summit resident Joy Ammerman and her family were considering how to honor her husband’s memory when a relative’s comment gave her pause.

“My daughter-in-law said, ‘Where’s the playground?’” Ammerman said.

Ammerman drove to Lions Club Park and discovered old, metal playground equipment she said was in poor condition. She contacted the Blue Ridge Summit Lions Club about making a donation to replace it in memory of her husband, Bruce.

“We tried to do this five, six years ago and didn’t have the money to do it,” said Bob Gillard, of the Lions Club.

The Lions Club worked with the Washington Township (Pa.) Supervisors to plan for the new equipment. Township employees installed the swings, bench and jungle gym after providing the area with new mulch.

“They built it. They were wonderful,” Ammerman said of the Lions and township staff.

“This donation made it possible for this part of the township to have something for the young folks,” Township Manager Mike Christopher said.

Ammerman said her husband, who was a doctor, loved the community, where they lived since 1995. He died in 2007.

“I know when my husband and I drove out here, he just released, chilled out and thought it was heaven,” Ammerman said.

The couple encountered good, genuine people in the Blue Ridge Summit area, she said.

Ammerman said she occasionally stops by the playground now in hopes of seeing children enjoying the area.

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