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Standing to the south of a now-razed kids' club was a fine playground set -- here's where it went!

DAVID F. ASHTON - St. Agatha Catholic Church's Father Nathan Zodrow blesses the play structure, with a sprinkling of holy water.  Because they'd heard their old playground equipment was being torn out during this summer, the students at Sellwood's St. Agatha Catholic School were excited to see what was replacing it, when they returned to school on Tuesday, September 5.

"In fact, we're all very excited to open the school year with new playground equipment; the old play set was at the end of its useful life, and really needed to be replaced," smiled St. Agatha Catholic School Principal Chris Harris. "As it happened, the Fred G. Meyer Memorial Boys & Girls Club in Westmoreland was being torn down, and they had this wonderful playground equipment, in great shape; the development company didn't want to see it be demolished and go to the landfill."

Not only did the developer preparing to build apartments on that site donate the like-new play set to the school, the company – NBP Capital and Eastbank Development – also donated $8,500 toward the cost of removing it, transporting it to the school, and reinstalling it there.

"We think it's a wonderful way to keep the playground in the community, for not only our students, but our whole neighborhood to enjoy," Principal Harris commented.

Before the ribbon-cutting ceremony that morning, the parish's pastor, Father Nathan Zodrow, blessed "the structure, and the generosity of those who made this possible, and all of the work by our Principal and volunteers to make sure all this happened."

With a snip of the big scissors by three students, the play structure was open, and was enjoyed instantly by hundreds of students.

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