Cheese-themed playground open

By Tara Bowie, Woodstock Sentinel-Review


The cheesy climbers next to the Ingersoll museum are complete thanks to more than 100 volunteers and the GIVER television show.

Throughout the multi-day build of the new playground equipment Sinking Ship Entertainment out of Toronto worked with six local children to film an episode of the television show that airs on TVO.

“It’s been a great experience,” Dave Cripps, a member of the Playright Playgrounds Ingersoll committee, who got the ball rolling on the project earlier this year.

Cripps applied to Sinking Ship Entertainment to be part of the show and receive a grant in early 2014. By March the project was short-listed and then chosen.

“We really had nothing here and what we did have - a slide a few swings - was from my era,” he said with a laugh. “Yes, I actually used that stuff when I was a kid.”

After being selected, work began on coming up with ideas to build a new playground. A lot of children from the area sent drawings and ideas in to the committee, which was then passed on Sinking Ship Entertainment.

The designs were reviewed and then through collaboration, turned into the cheesy climbers.

The build started Wednesday and was completed Sunday afternoon.

The playground project was funded by multiple partners kicking in money and services, including Sinking Ship Entertainment for $10,000, the Town of Ingersoll, $10,000, Playright committee, $2,500, Amico Infrastructures Inc. with excavating services, and Allen Lumber donating all the wood.

More than 120 volunteers came out to help build the playground.

“I’m very excited and proud of my community. The 122 volunteers yesterday really floored me,” he said.

While the volunteers were building the climbers, six local children, Mia Funnell, 8, Riley Murray, 11, Owen Nicol, 9, Hannah Meadows, 8, Zac Cripps, 10 and Freya Rimgton, 10, were filmed by the crew to create an upcoming episode of GIVER.

The children were filmed helping build the playground and also spent time at the Ingersoll museum and a Gunn’s Hill Artisan Cheese where they learned how cheese is made.

“It’s really neat. The kids had a lot of fun,” he said.

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