Photographs By John Murray

 More than 200 volunteers from the Connecticut Community Foundation, the American Heart Association, the City of Waterbury, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the local community joined forces in June to build a new playground in one day at Chase Park.

  Yesterday they ate ice cream.

   The Connecticut Community Foundation organized an Ice Cream Social to thank the volunteers – especially the kids who helped with designing the playscape – and more than 100 people showed up at Chase Park to enjoy a glorious Autumn afternoon. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in April. The playground now provides a recreational outlet for more than 2,500 children in the Waterbury community with a safe place to play. The project is one of more than 150 playground builds KaBOOM! will lead across the country in 2012 in an effort to provide a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

Ice cream, sprinkles and chocolate sauce put smiles on kid’s faces, and gave them a jolt of energy they burned off as they utilized the new playground equipment.