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A playground that keeps on giving

The old playground Wolfe Wildlife Refuge has been donated town Haiti. | Supplied Photo

The old playground at Wolfe Wildlife Refuge has been donated to a town in Haiti. | Supplied Photo

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Updated: March 18, 2013 6:07AM



Though Oak Lawn and the country of Haiti are separated by thousands of miles, a playground will connect the two for many years to come thanks to the efforts of Kids Around the World and the Oak Lawn Park District.

Kids Around the World is a nonprofit, faith-based organization that helps children and families who have been affected by war, poverty, illness and natural disasters. Kids Around the World takes donated playgrounds, refurbishes them and re-installs them in impoverished areas around the world.

Representatives from the organization arrived in Oak Lawn recently to remove the playground equipment at the Oak Lawn Park District’s Wolfe Wildlife Refuge at 109th Street and Laramie Avenue.

Usually the city or country that receives the equipment is unknown. However, the park district was notified that Children of Hope Haiti was the beneficiary of the Wolfe Wildlife equipment.

Canadian coordinator for Children of Hope Haiti, Karen Goodyear, was in Haiti and was able to witness the benefits of the donated playground.

“To see the smiles on the children’s faces was a real blessing,” Goodyear said. “Most of the children there had never seen a playground.”

The renovation of the Wolfe Wildlife Refuge is now complete and open to the community. Remodeling includes a new tree-themed play structure, poured-in-place rubber safety surface, splash pad amenities, renovations on the picnic structure, and new landscaping.

Information: (708) 857-2225.

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