Soldiers Volunteer To Fix Clayton Playground

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It began with a chance encounter between a member of Rotary and a Fort Drum soldier.

First Sergeant Christopher Hicks rallied the troops and started fixing up the 30 year old Wooden Castle Playground in Clayton.

"For the past five years, my kids have used the park at least every other day so it's just something that I wanted to give back," said Hicks.

Thirty or so volunteers from Fort Drum are providing the manpower behind the work.

The brainpower is coming Leathers Associates, from the company that originally built the playground.

"We'll maintain the swings. We're going to have a new slide. They'll be a tot area," said Larry Mattingly of Leathers Associates.

The community is making sure the volunteers are well fed and plan to celebrate the new playground with a dinner on Sunday.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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