Playground Equipment Added At Oakland Park
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OAKLAND – “We are Oakland strong,” Alisia Bland shared as officials in the community gathered for another ribbon cutting. Bland’s comments came on a hot Friday afternoon as the yellow ribbon was cut for new playground equipment signifying a small step in a big revitalization effort underway in Oakland.
Bland serves on the Oakland Beautification Committee, an organization that works alongside the Oakland Area Chamber of Commerce and Oakland Town Board on the revitalization.
“The Oakland Beautification Committee and the Oakland Chamber is going to work to bring more things to this park. Stay tuned for what we have planned for Oakland,” Bland added.
The playground equipment was donated by Ajinomoto Foods, another community partner in the effort.
“I am excited to be here,” Allen Welch said before the ceremonial scissors were brandished. Welch serves as General Manager at the Oakland plant and on the Oakland Chamber board. He noted that one of the guiding principles at the plant is “Ajinomoto Shared Values.”
“That is a concept that really centers on providing support to the community, and the community then also providing support back to the plant. This is one of the ways that we can do that. We are very happy to provide this playground equipment for the Town of Oakland and all of these beautiful kids that are here. These are our future leaders,” Welch shared.
Officials gathering for the ribbon cutting at the James Riley Swearengen Walking Track and Park included Chamber director Linda Ross Aldy and board members; Oakland town board members Stephanie Patterson, Sharonda Jones and Joe Jenkins; Circuit Court Clerk Daryl Burney, Representative Tommy Reynolds and District 1 Justice Court Judge Janet Caulder.