Playground equipment sought for Howard Park

A fundraising drive has begun to add playground equipment in Fairfield?s Howard Park.

The effort seeks to raise $4,550 for a playground plot including a frame, two belt swings, two smaller tot swings, safety mulch and other materials.

Laurie Stokes-Woods is the driving force behind the idea. She and husband Adam Nardini have promised to match donations up to $1,000.

Stokes-Woods said she feels there is a large number of babies and toddlers in town but few outlets for them to play. She has observed children crying, including her own, from having to wait to use the two tot bucket-seat swings at Howard Park.

?There really aren?t other options of play equipment for this age group in the park,? she said. ?When events like the farmers market happen, there are often six toddlers waiting for a turn on the tot swings.?

Stokes-Woods hopes the addition of four swings will be the start to an even bigger project. She?d like to build a ?tot lot? structure similar to the one at the Fairfield Methodist Church a block south and east of Howard Park.

Rich Stokes and Ron Hunerdosse are willing to pick up any checks from businesses that donate at least $100. For questions about the project, or to book Stokes and Hunerdosse, residents can email Fairfield Park and Rec director Calvin Todd at