Medina church celebrates upgraded playground for child care program
MEDINA – New equipment. A smoother sidewalk. Safety improvements. The new playground next to the Medina United Methodist Church opened on Friday and immediately was embraced by children.
The church runs the P.Raising Child Care Center, serving about 40 kids on Mondays through Fridays.
Their playground has been off limits because of old equipment and glass shards that were discovered on the ground. The church replaced the dirt and base for the playground, installed new equipment, expanded the fenced-in area, and changed the sidewalk so it no longer has a step. That makes the site handicapped accessible.
“Before there were a lot of issues,” said Tony Hipes, the church pastor. “It was old and falling apart.”
The improvements cost about $3,000. The Medina Area Association of Churches chipped in $1,500. The MAAC wants to support the P.Raising program, which was started about four years ago.
“They are serving community children,” said Sue Metzo, the MAAC president and a member of the Presbyterian Church. “They are doing something that is very important in this community. Anytime there are churches doing things in the community, we try to help in any way that we can.”
The United Methodist Church also is working to renovate the former Apple Grove Inn down the road on West Center Street.
“We’re in full construction mode,” Hipes said.
He hopes the congregation can move into the building in late summer or early fall. After the move to the Apple Grove, the P.Raising program will continue to be run out of the existing church at 222 West Center St.