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Playground constructed to honor the memory of Christopher Nadle

By Erin O'Connor

Staff Writer

AGAWAM- Construction will commence the week of September 18 on the Christopher Nadle Memorial Playground at Borgatti Field. Funding in the amount of $20,000 was approved from the Community Preservation Act funds by the City Council in an 11 to zero vote early September.

In July of 2006 Jill LeClair-Nadle, the mother of deceased Christopher Nadle, petitioned the Preservation Committee for funding to assist in the construction of the Playground. The LeClair-Nadle family will provide an additional $10,000 needed for the project.

"It is only fitting that the family has chosen Borgatti Field to build a memorial playground for Christopher Nadle who was tragically taken from us at a very young age," said Christopher M. Sparks, director of the Parks and Recreation department, in comments to the Preservation Committee.

"Together with the support of the family and the Community Preservation Funds we can build a playground and a lasting memory that will be utilized by the neighborhood, Borgatti Field patrons, people using the new River Walk and the community at large."

The playground will include sitting benches, climbing walls, an assortment of slides, climbing poles, tunnels, and a memorial sign and dedication plaque to memorialize Christopher Nadle.