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Danbury bank donates $2K to Pembroke Playground

March 28, 2019

DANBURY — The Pembroke Playground is closer to becoming a reality, thanks to a $2,000 donation from the Fairfield County Bank.

The money will go towards the construction of the city’s first accessible playground at Pembroke Elementary School. There is a $150,000 fundraising goal for the project.

“By the beginning of May, we should have almost $100,000,” said Leigh Viviano, Pembroke Playground Committee fundraising coordinator and special education teacher at Pembroke Elementary School.

The new playground will help students with special needs, as well as English language learners, “engage interactively with other peers and improve social relationships with new friendships,” according to the Pembroke Playground Project website.

Pembroke’s current playground equipment is not accessible to all students, and there are only two swings compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

The new playground will feature five ADA-compliant swings, accessible routes and paths, ramps, spacious decks, shorter ladder heights, braille play panels, sensory activity panels, and more.

Kathy Graham, vice-president of Fairfield County Bank, said she is “very proud” that the bank can get behind the initiative.

“It is important that the kids of the school and the Danbury community have a safe place to have fun and enjoy,” she said. “We are thrilled to be able to give back to our community in this manner.”

Visit thepembrokeplayground.com to learn more about the project or donate.

kendra.baker@hearst.com