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Strongsville Wins a BCI Burke Playground

The new playground has ''Voltage'' design features valued at more than $21,000. There are eight play events with a capacity for 48 kids ages 5-12. Photo: BCI Burke

Welcome to Strongsville, Ohio, the ''crossroads of the nation,'' as its city fathers like to say. ''. . . one might pass by the distinctive clock tower or drive over a rustic covered bridge. Or you might happen upon a community band concert at the Gazebo in Town Square,'' notes the town's website. Sounds like "River City, Iowa," the circa 1912 fictional town in Meredith Willson's ''The Music Man.''

The city of Strongsville, Ohio was the lucky winner among thousands of registered entries for the new playground contest held earlier this year by BCI Burke, a commercial playground manufacturer with corporate headquarters in Fond du Lac, Wis.

''I was amazed when I received the call that we won the playground. All of our parks have playgrounds, except this one [Strongsville Youth Sports Park], so the timing to receive this is perfect,'' said Bryan Bogre, Strongsville director of Parks, Recreation and Senior Services.

In partnership with BCI Burke's specially trained playground consultants, Snider & Associates, Inc., the playground, including freight, was provided at no charge.

The playground is from Burke's new ''Voltage'' line, which the manufacturer say combines the durability and flexibility of 3.5'' o.d. posts with the KoreKonnect direct-bolt clamp system and EZKonnect self-leveling deck. Consolation prizes for some luck contest registrants were VISA gift cards and Apple iPods.

''The partnership with Snider & Associates, our Burke Rep in Ohio, made this project seamless and successful,'' said Tim Ahern, BCI Burke CEO/owner.

''Anyone I have talked to is ecstatic with the addition of the playground,'' reports Bogre. ''The playground has received much praise through our city council and our mayor, and has been the topic of conversation on the council floor multiple times recently, focusing on how great it is to finally have a playground in the Strongsville Youth Sports Park for our kids,'' Bogre added.

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November 20, 2019, 1:43 pm PDT

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