The children of Wrentham have a new place to enjoy the outdoors thanks to an updated playground at Delaney Elementary School. The newly constructed Edward J. Goddard Playground was officially dedicated, bringing out local political leaders, educators, and members of the community.
The ceremony was also an opportunity to recognize the playground’s namesake, longtime Wrentham School Committee member Ed Goddard, for his role in fundraising for the new equipment and construction of the space as well as recognize him for his years of service to the community.
Fittingly, children climbed and spun on the new playground equipment during the ceremony while local leaders spoke about the construction of the playground and Goddard’s service to Wrentham Public Schools.
Delaney School Principal Colleen Wagstaff shared a photobook with the crowd that documented the playground process from conception to fundraising to construction to completion.
State Senator Richard Ross and State Representative Shaun Dooley presented Goddard with legislative citations and joined Wrentham Board of Selectman Steve Langley and School Committee Chairman Tracey Murphy in speaking of Goddard's dedication to the Town and his pride in Wrentham. Superintendent Allan Cameron commented that families are still enjoying the playground at 5 p.m. when he is leaving school.
Goddard has been on the Wrentham Elementary School Committee for more than a decade. He served as the primary fundraiser for the new playground and was key in helping with the purchase and installation of $160,000 in safer and more accessible equipment for the students.
When the man of the hour addressed the crowd, Goddard spoke of being humbled and honored. He also mentioned a thank you note that he received that day from a mother who wrote how much her family enjoys the new playground. Goddard commented that the note brought a tear to his eye. His sons Jack and Bryce helped him unveil a monument bearing his likeness and the name of the new playground. The monument was installed by Wrentham’s Tribute in Stone. Goddard unveiled the donor plaque in the foyer of Delaney School after he cut the ceremonial ribbon on the playground.
Goddard thanked the numerous donors that made the playground possible, his friends and family, including his mother who was on hand for the event. Major sponsors to the project include the Sweatt Fund, Wrentham Commission on Disabilities, Lowes, Thomas DiPlacido, Kindred Healthcare, Lorusso Corporation, and Digital Federal Credit Union.
Goddard also showed his appreciation to Wagstaff, the Wrentham PTO, the Wrentham Elementary Schools Trust (WEST), the members of the Wrentham Playground Committee, and all of the people who donated to the project.