Westfield playscape constructed by local volunteers

The city of Westfield had provided the money to buy the playscape

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – On Friday, Westfield neighbors promised themselves they could complete a playscape project for their children at Whitney Park by Saturday.

Volunteers began their community project on Friday. Neighbors in the largely Hispanic Orange Street area volunteered to build the playscape themselves at Whitney Park.

24 hours later, the playscape was just about ready to accommodate the neighborhood children.

Neighborhood leader Wil Rodriguez told 22News the playscape will be named in honor of a beloved Westfield police officer who lost his life in the line of duty. “Jose Torres grew up in this neighborhood here, and we’re dedicating to him, the police officer killed a few years ago, so now we’re doing the memorial for him.”

Volunteers admired the fruits of their labor keeping their promise to finish the work by mid-day Saturday.

Olga Gonzalez of Westfield said, “This is part of my community. I’ve lived here all my life, and this is for the children, I’ve always worked with children and our neighborhood is so diverse.”

The city of Westfield had provided the money to buy the playscape, but Whitney Park neighbors got together and decided to do the actual work – and to get it done in less than two days.

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