First Presbyterian Church dedicates new playground, welcomes community
PHOTOS: Wes Pitts, director of Christian education, talks to First Presbyterian preschoolers during Monday's dedication.
BY KARISSA MILLER
First Presbyterian Church preschool workers, church staff and children gathered under sunny skies and a pleasant breeze Monday to officially dedicate the church’s new playground.
“We’re so excited to offer this wonderful space to our preschool and church families, along with our children in the downtown community,” said FPC preschool director Falon Speaks.
The fenced-in play area features four regular-size swings and six swings for smaller children, two small playhouses, toys for playing in the sand and plenty of room for running around.
Students in the preschool program buzzing with excitement Monday as they played outside.
The playground is open to the community after the preschool has closed for the day. Preschool is in session from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The church wants residents to know they are welcome to use the playground and picnic areas.
Wes Pitts, director of Christian education, helped Speaks cut the ribbon during Monday’s ceremony. Pastor Steve Scott offered a blessing over the playground.
The new playground was completed in July 2017. It replaced equipment that was more than 25 years old that was no longer meeting the needs of preschoolers, church and community members, Speaks stated.
After a yearlong effort to raise money, the church purchased the new playground equipment, which cost around $30,000.
“It’s been able to reach all ages better,” Speaks said.
The church preschool program is an important part of the church. It currently serves more than 80 students ranging in age from 1 to 4 years old. Parents interested in joining the program can register in January for spots during the 2018-2019 school year.