COVINGTON, KY (FOX19) – Gateway Community and Technical College and Covington’s Sixth District Elementary School celebrated the reopening of the Maryland Millennium Playground Friday, Oct. 19.
The playground, located adjacent to the school at 18th and Maryland Streets in the Austinburg neighborhood of Covington, was severely damaged by a fire in June. Gateway and the elementary school, who are partners in the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Business Education Success Team program, were already engaged in a fund-raising effort to install an additional swing set at the playground.
After the fire, the partners stepped up their fund-raising to be able rebuild the playground, which serves as a neighborhood gathering area. Led by Heather Abbott, a student affairs specialist at Gateway’s nearby Urban Center, the fund drive raised more than $10,000 through a combination of individual donations and grants.