A Life Remembered With Play
Recently, a long-time play equipment distributor was recognized in Martinsburg, W.Va., when manufacturer Miracle Recreation donated a playground to the community he spent his entire life serving. Miracle joined the City of Martinsburg and Berkeley County to debut the new playground that honors Charles Thomas "Chuck" Taylor and his family.
Located at Poor House Farm Park, the play equipment recognizes the 53-year working relationship between the Taylor family and Miracle, and also recognizes the impact Chuck Taylor had on his community. The 137-acre park also features pavilions, jogging and hiking trails, a stocked stream and lake, a football complex, soccer fields and ballfields, a sand volleyball court and an 18-hole disc golf course.
Taylor, who died in June at age 62, was a lifelong Martinsburg resident and a Martinsburg High School graduate who spent years behind the mic announcing school football and basketball games. Prior to owning Taylor Sports and Recreation, he was an area police officer and city councilman.
Investing in play is investing in tomorrow's leaders, said Mike Sutton, vice president of global sales for Miracle, adding that "… there was no better leader in the Martinsburg community than Chuck Taylor. For decades, the Taylor family was a trusted partner … throughout the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia, and we are proud to honor their contributions by further celebrating play."
The new playground also features a No Fault rubberized safety surface, that was donated by Taylor's family.
"We are pleased to contribute to the memorial playground for Chuck Taylor, a beloved cousin and business partner, and to have a play space that will last for many, many years in Martinsburg, my father's hometown," said Steven Taylor.
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