Providence Connections, a Northside nonprofit family support agency, celebrated their newly reopened playground last Thursday with a ribbon cutting a little over a year after their old playground was destroyed by vandals.

The ceremony was held Thursday, October 20 with three of the Massaro family members, who helped pay for the new playground, in attendance. As a token of their appreciation for the Massaro family’s time, effort and financial support, Providence Connections designated the playground as the Massaro Family Playground.

“We knew we wanted to rebuild as soon as it happened, but the insurance didn’t cover all of the necessary funds for the project,” said Dawn Woodfill, the director of development at Providence Connections.

They resorted to fundraising and received several grants, as well as support from individual donors and corporations

The planning for the rebuilding project began last fall and construction started this past spring. In early May, the project was finished, but phase two, which consisted of a field adjacent to the playground, was completed this month.

“This playground allows children to develop their imagination and extracurricular skills,” said Woodfill. “We expanded the playground into an adjacent field which consists of a hillside slide with climbing walls, two new shade structures and the installation of a track that spans the perimeter of the field.”

 “We had a wonderful turnout for the ribbon cutting ceremony and open house. Steve, Joe and Dave of the Massaro family were kind enough to join and share this great moment with us,” explained Woodfill.

Guests, who also included Darlene Harris, president of the Pittsburgh City Council, were granted the opportunity to tour the newly approved commercial kitchen which was renovated in 2010.

 “People have donated their money, but, more importantly, their time to making this a

success.”

The Massaro family owns a corporation and real estate company that provides different constructing services throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia.