Wareham CORE celebrates Family Fun Day at Lopes Field

By Meghan Neely | Jun 30, 2018
Photo by: Meghan Neely Jaysyn Monteiro, 2, of Wareham gets his face painted during Family Fun Day at Lopes Field.

Wareham Community Outdoor Recreation (CORE) celebrated its first public fundraising event at Lopes Field on Saturday, June 30, with Family Fun Day.

The event featured face painting, ice cream, live music and a chance to sit in the driver's seat of a fire truck. Proceeds from the event will help to fund the Lopes Playground Rebuild, which Wareham CORE President DaLiza Cardoza says will begin in May 2019.

"Up to now, we've done most of our fundraising through grants and private donations," Cardoza explained. "This event is a chance for us to start meeting with members of the public. We want them to be excited."

The Lopes Playground Rebuild is geared towards creating a safe, affordable and all inclusive play space.

The structure will be built by volunteers in town, so community outreach is an essential part of the project according to Cordoza.

"We already have thirty wonderful volunteers," Cordoza said. "But we really want this to be a community project that everyone can be involved with."

As Cordoza puts it, both Wareham and Onset have a lot of heart.

"I've seen before how willing this community is to come together," Cardoza said. "And I'm hoping they'll do it again."

"We want people to step out and see what's going on," added volunteer TJ Rose. "Wareham has a lot of intelligent people, and they can all help make a difference."

Rose coaches little league in Wareham and has two young sons. For him, the playground rebuild is all community.

"We need to be the change we want to see," Rose said. "It's for our kids."



Lily Margaritis, 2, of Onset checks out the new Onset Fire Tanker. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
Issac Rose, 5, of Wareham shows off his spooky face paint. (Photo by: Meghan Neely)
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