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Freeport to celebrate 'resilience' with playground opening

The Freeport Recreation Center was built in 1974

The Freeport Recreation Center was built in 1974 and has an ice-skating rink, indoor and outdoor pools, exercise equipment, meeting rooms and programs for senior citizens. Membership is available to residents and nonresidents. (Sept. 27, 2011) Credit: T.C. McCarthy

Freeport officials will hold a dedication of a new playground at the Freeport Recreation Center on Thursday.

The Hallowen-themed dedication ceremony at the playground will also commemorate the anniversary of superstorm Sandy, which hit Freeport hard, event organizers said.

Local volunteers and Allstate insurance corporation workers built the playground, organizers said. The playground was paid for through donations from the Allstate Foundation and the Manhattan-based Injury Free Coalition for Kids, village officials have said.

The event coincides with an annual Halloween parade, organizers said. The dedication is a chance to “celebrate the resilience of the Freeport community with a brand new playground,” an Allstate spokeswoman said in a statement.

The recreation center is at 130 E. Merrick Rd. in Freeport. The event begins at 4:30 p.m.

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