The Warren Lions Club recently completed the installation of a natural playground for the Warren Forest EOC Head Start Program at the McClintock School location. The project was spearheaded by Warren Lions, in collaboration with Head Start staff, and could not have been completed without a generous grant from the Community Foundation, as well as donations of time and services from several local individuals and businesses including Mike Crone and Warren Glass, John Anderson Construction, R.W. Larson Associates, Ekey Florist, Huber Blacktop, Warren Webster and Connor Rosborough of Boy Scout Troop 8.
The natural playground will provide a safe place for children to play and includes several feature areas including an amandinda, a hill slide, tree cookies, a weaving board and a root garden. A circuitous tricycle path weaves through and around the play elements, and log benches have been placed near the installations for resting and observation. In the spring, raised planting beds scattered about the perimeter of the fenced area will be populated. Natural playgrounds have recently become popular, with some research suggesting children are more apt to use them, more active in them, and benefit by using them with healthier motor skills development.
Also in November, the Warren Lions welcomed Titusville Attorney Kemp Scales at its monthly dinner meeting. Attorney Scales presented an informative program explaining the legal issues often encountered by the elderly, particularly concerning insurance, gifting requirements and limits, housing issues, and long term care. He also outlined creative, cost-effective solutions to a variety of circumstances and situations.
Warren Lions and Warren Forest EOC staff plan playground layout.
In December, the Warren Lions will wrap up a productive service year with Toys for Tots collections and a Weenie Wagon appearance at the Christmas Walk. The Lions will have the wagon at the corner of Liberty Street and Second Avenue preparing their famous sausage sandwiches and hot dogs on Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. to serve the public.
The coming year also looks to be a busy one with the first major event being the annual Turkey Dinner to be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church on Jan. 23. The Warren Lions Club meets for dinner the second Tuesday of every month and for lunch the fourth Tuesday of every month at Warren Holiday Inn. If you are interested in attending or would like to be a presenter, call 726-1381.