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Super Cooper Memorial Playground becoming a reality as funding comes through

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CHENANGO BRIDGE (WBNG) -- After more than a year of planning for the Super Cooper Memorial Playground, the plan is finally coming through fruition with funding complete for the project.

Cooper Busch's family has made a mission of spreading Cooper's message throughout the community, especially toward kids who could use a smile every now and then.

That is why after his passing in May 2018, his family began the project, the "Super Cooper Memorial Playground," which will be installed at the Chenango Bridge Civic Park.

Cooper's mother, Tara Busch, says even small playgrounds are surprisingly expensive, explaining how the project cost more than $100,000. She says thanks to State Senator Fred Akshar raising and donating thousands of dollars and Broome County covering a portion temporarily, the plan has become a reality.

"I was starting to lose faith in it, so just in time for the holidays and a really great Christmas present is the county is actually going to cover the $75,000 from the state and when the money does come in from the state, they're going to reimburse the county," said Tara.

Tara says Cooper loved the playground while his older brother played baseball games at the park. She says she wants to have a playground with swings and stuff to climb on to give the younger kids something to do while families attended the baseball games.

"We know that this playground is going to make kids all over the community smile and we're just really looking forward to seeing children on the playground, having fun, and encompassing Cooper's spirit doing that," said Tara.

Tara says they expect to break ground at the park in May of 2020. Volunteers are welcome to help over a weekend to help put together the pieces.

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