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Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS
Photos by Suzanne Monteverdi/QNS
A group of volunteers install a large slide component to the playground.

Volunteers from near and far assembled in Little Neck for a hard day’s work for a good cause.

Thanks to the dedication of over 200 giving-minded individuals, the Samuel Field Y at 58th Avenue and Little Neck Parkway now features a colorful play space for the neighborhood’s children. The design was based on drawings created by kids at the community center over the summer.

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Participants in the Sept. 14 community event included Samuel Field Y employees, Disney VoluntEARS, ESPN Corporate Citizenship, KaBOOM! organizers and residents.

“I know the kids are gonna really love [the playground],” said Julie Williams, a Samuel Field Y employee and Whitestone resident. “It’s gonna be really cool for them to come out and see it when it’s all completed.”

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After the six-hour build process, volunteers, sponsors, elected officials and Samuel Field Y kids assembled in front of the playground to celebrate with a ribbon cutting.

“You’ve all been working hard all day long,” said Samuel Field Y President Lawrence Gottlieb. “Congratulations to all of you, and I can’t wait to see the kids on this apparatus.”

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A brand new playground was constructed at the Bay Terrace Samuel Field Y in Bayside last September by the same group of sponsors.

The Samuel Field Y is a not-for-profit group that provides an array of community programs and services to over 35,000 residents of Queens and Nassau County. The Little Neck location is its flagship site.

Learn more about the organization by visiting their website.

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