10 months after vandalism, Warwick playground named among best in US

WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — Nearly a year after it was extensively damaged by vandals, a Warwick playground has been named one of the best in the nation.

The imPossible Dream was forced to close last August after its executive director arrived one day to find benches smashed, equipment strewn about, and the main building damaged.

The playground is one of the only places in the area that allows children of all physical and emotional capabilities to play alongside one another.

Volunteers wasted no time in helping to get the park back on its feet, and laughter now fills the air once again.

“Everyone has an ability to be a part of what’s going on here at the imPossible Dream,” said Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian.

Photos: Damage to the imPossible Dream playground »
Photos: Damage to the imPossible Dream playground »

Avedisian was on hand Tuesday for a celebration of the playground’s success. It was named it the 16th best playground in the country by website EarlyChildhoodEducationZone.com.

“They actually monitor how many people come here and how people come repeatedly,” Avedisian explained. “So they try to judge loyalty as to who comes back.”

The imPossible Dream’s high ranking makes it the top playground in New England. Avedisian said it was the only privately-held, nonprofit playground to make the list.

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