Taylor said the playground and entire park means a lot to her family, which inspired her to put the event together. People of all ages stepped up, picking up any trash around the area outside of the caution tape. Christy Taylor put together the event, and said over 1,000 people expressed interest in helping. “This is a park that’s loved by our entire community so we want to make sure we keep it nice and clean, we’ve been in our houses for so long we thought this would be a great way to get the whole community together,” Taylor said. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Hundreds of volunteers came together to start cleaning Recreation Park, after a fire destroyed the Our Space playground early Monday morning. The cleanup avoided the playground itself, as Mayor Rich David said people can’t touch that area due to insurance reasons. Volunteers were donning “Binghamton Strong” t-shirts. Taylor said more events are planned for the future. Mayor David says about $120,000 have been raised to rebuild the playground. That number does not include donations that businesses have pledged as well.
The coach of the National U-21 female Hockey team Ben Odametey says the performance of the both the male and female national teams in the just ended hockey tourney in South Africa should spur government on to provide the necessary infrastructure to propel the sports forward.According to him, the performance of the female side who are now ranked 2nd on the continent is ample evidence that given the right support and infrastructure, the team could compete with the very best on the continent.He expressed his misgivings at the lack of quality astro turfs to nurse the next generation of hockey stars.Coach Odamtten was speaking to Joy Sports on the prospects of team Ghana and the need for governmental support.“As you know, the female team is currently ranked second on the continent even with the meager resources available to us. We have strived to get to the very top through hard work but that alone is not enough. A certain level of governmental support will do us a world of good. As a nation, we have only one astro turf which is not good enough. The sad thing is it is located in the southern sector thus people who are interested in the sport in other regions rarely get to benefit in anyway. We pray the government comes to our aid in this regard so that we can also compete with the South Africans and beyond.”The female hockey team came out tops in the just ended hockey U-21 Championship which ended in South Africa a couple of days ago.