In June of 2012, arson damaged most of Playland — a unique playground located in Legion Keener Park in Latrobe, PA. For us here at the Kennametal global headquarters, this park is in our back yard. So when park officials called for volunteers to help rebuild and update Playland, we didn’t hesitate.
Over 170 Kennametal volunteers showed up for a weekend of work. There were posts that needed to be sized, cut, painted, and installed; loads of dirt to be hauled; gravel to be raked; and boards to be mounted and secured. But we weren’t just repairing the damaged portions of a playground. We were building Playland II, which would be even better with a 30’ zip line, handicap-accessible swings, and more.
Improving upon the original Playland was a huge undertaking. The original structure was built in 1992, also by a community of volunteers. While so many other play structures are were (and still are) made of brightly colored plastic and metal, Playland wasunique because it was an all-wood playground area. To a child, it was like a world unto itself filled with an airplane, trolley, tunnels, covered bridges, and stairways that seemed to never lead to the same place twice.
Being part of the community rebuild and repair efforts also was personal for many Kennametal employees, whose children spent countless hours letting their imaginations run loose at the playground. With our sizable team, we helped to make a big difference. As Ben Stas, Kennametal vice president for finance, Business Groups, said,
“This clearly is an opportunity to turn a wrong into a right.”
This is just one example of how the Kennametal Foundation Delivers the Promise to communities around the world. To learn more about the Kennametal Foundation, visit http://kennametal.com/kennametal/en/about-us/in-the-community.html.