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September 21, 2013
Kidsgrove’s e-games a first in Valley
By Evamarie Socha
The Daily Item


SELINSGROVE — Known for its expansive wooden “castle,” Selinsgrove’s Kidsgrove Playground entered the digital age Saturday with the unveiling of an electronic playground gaming system, thanks to an Eagle Scout candidate.

A NEOS Wall from Playworld is now part of the fun at Kidsgrove, which turned 16 last week. Eagle Scout candidate Gage Cooper, 15, of Selinsgrove, helped make it happen as the community project needed on his way to his badge.

Gage said he raised about $2,300 in about three months for the $30,000 NEOS system and its installation. Kidsgrove also won grants from Valley trusts and held several fund-raisers to purchase the NEOS Wall.

Kidsgrove is the first Valley playground to have the NEOS electronic playground equipment, which combines the interaction of electronic games with aerobic exercise.

This not only gets children moving, but also gives them the interactive experience they’ve come to expect from playthings, said Ian Proud, Playworld’s research manager, who attended Saturday’s dedication.

NEOS “was born from the notion that kids expect to interact” with something, Proud said. “It’s a different kind of play than imagined at Kidsgrove.”


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