Hobart and William Smith Colleges is marking the anniversary of a collaborative effort that brought a playground to the city’s lakefront.
Lakefront Playground, near Long Pier and just south of the Ramada Geneva Lakefront, was built five years ago by Geneva Community Projects Inc. That organization partnered with the Colleges and the city to develop the playground.
On a fall morning in 2012, more than 250 members of the Geneva and Hobart and William Smith communities gathered on the shore of Seneca Lake to assemble what would be, by the end of that day, the Geneva Community Lakefront Playground.
Now, five years later, the collaborative spirit that led to the playground’s construction continues to drive Geneva’s growth, said Katie Flowers, director of the HWS Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning.
“The upward trajectory we see in Geneva is due to the collective and ongoing investments by stakeholders across the community,” said Flowers, who also serves as secretary on the board of Geneva Community Projects Inc. “In addition to the work on the playground, HWS and GCP share a longstanding alignment on critical educational and cultural initiatives throughout the community, from supporting Geneva Reads to the Geneva music festival. This exemplifies the widespread investment, creativity and community pride we see throughout the city.”