A place for play in Ballston Spa

Tedisco also commended the roughly 300 members of the Kesselring Naval training site who arrived to lend assistance on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The playground is a state-of-the-art offering designed by Leathers and Associates of Ithaca, who specialize in playground planning. FANs asked them to incorporate elements of local history into the design, such as the Brookside Museum and the Old Iron Spring.

There is also a trolley to commemorate the days when a rail line ran through the town and a submarine to represent the nearby Kesselring naval facility. Other unique features include a weather-resistant xylophone, a mini-amphitheater and a sandbox with fossils embedded in the sides for youngsters to unearth.

The playground is fenced for safety, as the Kaydeross River sits nearby.

It is also handicapped accessible, with wheelchair-height swings, ramps to access many areas and plenty of activities on the ground. FANs was happy to provide such measures.

"We're really proud of the inclusive elements," said Hansen.

Even though the playground stands, that isn't the end of the fundraising efforts. The tools that FANs had to buy (most were donated and returned) will soon be auctioned off, and they are still taking donations to help wrap up the effort. Go to www.fansofballstonspa.org for more information or to donate.""

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