Sandy Ground Playground Build Updated, 5K Fundraiser Planned

UPDATE (March 6, 2014): A planning meeting on March 5 determined that volunteers will be needed from 10 am to 5 pm on Friday only. A previous version of this story indicated volunteers would also be needed on Thursday, March 13.

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MILFORD — The Sandy Ground Project was established by the New Jersey Fireman’s Benevolent Association last year. Its mission is to build 26 playgrounds along the coast of New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut in towns hit by Hurricane Sandy. Each playground honors and provides a lasting memory of the 26 children and teachers who lost their lives at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14, 2012.

Milford will be home of one of those playgrounds. To be located at 150 Gulf Street, it will be built this month in memory of 6-year-old James Mattioli.

Originally scheduled to be built on March 15, the playground will now be built on Friday, March 14, according to organizers. Volunteers will be needed from 10 am to 5 pm.

The surfacing of the playground, according to volunteer Kristen Mattera, will take place on Saturday, March 15.

To volunteer or for additional information visit TheSandyGroundProject.org, call 732-858-1726 or send e-mail to mklavin@whereangelsplayfoundation.org.

The ribbon cutting for the playground is still planned for Saturday, March 22.

Also on March 22, a 5K run/walk and kids fun run/obstacle course will be held to help cover the costs of the Milford playground.

The certified 5K will start at Fowler Field, passing the playground site on New Haven Avenue, and then returning to Fowler Field.

Race fee is $26, with registration closing on March 18. Race day registration will open at 7:30 am, and the 5K will begin at 10.

Children are invited to participate in a quarter-mile fun run/obstacle course, which will begin at 9 am. Cost is $6 per child.

For those who want to help with the fundraising effort but cannot get to Milford on race day, a virtual 5K is also being offered. Fee for that option is also $26.

Registration is available online at https://runsignup.com

For additional fundraising information contact Milford Firefighter Ron Wetmore, 203-710-4878.


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