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Paying it Forward: 2nd Generation Revitalizes Town Playground

See what they did, and their awesome 80's throwback pictures!


Brandy Schimp was just a little girl back in 1988, but she remembers the time when the people in her hometown all came together to build a gigantic castle-like playground "where imagination could run free." Now she's paying it forward so her own children and their friends can enjoy the park like she did.

Circa 1988, that's Brandy in mom Darcy's arms.

30 years ago, Schimp's mom Darcy DiFazio, was the chair of the fundraising committee that built the Evergreen Enchanted Playland in Kane, Pa., located in north central Pennsylvania, about an hour south of the New York state line. Schimp was only 5, but she and her dad also volunteered on the project, her first taste of volunteering. It must have rubbed off, because Schimp is now be the mayor of Kane, leading the effort to revitalize the Playland.

"I was fortunate to grow up enjoying a playground where my three young kids love to play today," Schimp told the Bradford Era newspaper . Schimp was proud to see how her kids were just as enthusiastic about pitching in to repair and re-stain the playground as her family was to build it. "31 years later, many of those same citizens teamed up with new generations of volunteers to stain the playground to preserve it for years to come."

"Good things are happening here because we take pride in what we have."

In fact so many volunteers showed up, they finished in two days what they expected to take three. The local lumberyard, Kane Lumber and Fuel split the cost of the stain with the Kane Area Revitalization Enterprise (K.A.R.E) group. Five local pizza restaurants donated all the pizza the workers could eat!

The finished product!

Schimp's mom Darcy wasn't able to volunteer this time, but she watched the progress through pictures. "(I'm) not sure if I ever thought the playground would still be around 30 years later for my grandchildren to enjoy," she told the Era. "But I'm sure glad it is."

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(Images: Mayor Brandy Schimp Facebook page )

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