That’s the sound I was hearing over and over again in my mind’s ear when I was writing my column for Thurday’s Edmonton Sun.
I heard the laughter get louder and louder. I heard children challenge each other, in a fun way, to try the monkey bars, the slide, the …
Andy Polanski is smiling.
Andy grew up in Fort Saskatchewan and had a soft spot for kids playing.
A little over a year ago, Andy met with City of Fort Saskatchewan officials to get the ball rolling for a new playground.
Andy’s meeting was in the morning. That afternoon, Andy was involved in a crash on the Manning Freeway when he was driving home. A few days later he passed away from his injuries at age 23.
But the Polanski family is keeping Andy’s dream alive to build a playground.
And, on Saturday, there’s a fundraiser — 11 hours, in fact — to raise money for the playground. It will coincide with a slo-pitch tournament Andy started three years ago.
I think it’s a great testament to Andy and his family for carrying out Andy’s dream.
I keep hearing the sound of children’s laughter when I think of Andy’s story.
And I also hear a song from the Cooper Brothers.