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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
At a ceremony last June, Winchester’s RJ and Janet Paslay dedicated the Laura Paslay Memorial Playground to honor the memory of their late daughter and to commemorate her love of children.
Recently, several new pieces of playground equipment were added to the already elaborate playground.
The installation of the playground and the recent additions to the playground were made possible by extensive fundraising efforts that yielded at least $15,000.
According to City Clerk Teri Little, the recent installation of certain pieces of playground equipment may have been delayed, because of backorders with the manufacturer.
Winchester Mayor Rex McIntire, who spoke at the playground dedication last year, thanked the Paslay family for raising the funds to construct the playground. He also credited the generosity of Winchester residents, who donated to the playground fundraising effort.
“The turnout for donations was just amazing,” McIntire said. “That just shows you how much people can do when they come together.”
The Paslay family also credited the community for their generosity toward the family’s effort to dedicate the playground to Laura.
“Thanks to the generosity, love and support of the community, we come today to celebrate life with the dedication of this preschool playground in loving memory of our daughter, sister and friend, Laura Breanna, and her undying spirit of hope and love of life,” RJ Paslay said in his remarks at the dedication. “Every time a child approaches this playground with excitement and unbridled enthusiasm, Laura’s spirit will be here, too.”