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Patriots open new playgrounds in Fall River, Taunton

New Patriots playground in Taunton

TAUNTON, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots on Tuesday unveiled a pair of new community playgrounds in Taunton and Fall River.

In the spring, each city received $150,000 worth of equipment from the Kraft family and the Patriots Foundation – specially designed, with a Patriots theme – and have been constructing their new playgrounds over the past six months.

“I think it’s great. We have really needed a new, bigger park,” Taunton parent Keri Correia, who lives across the street from the playground, said Tuesday. “The other one was pretty much run down and this is really great for all the kids.”

Taunton’s playground is located at Weir Riverfront Park on East Water Street, and Fall River’s is at Maplewood Park on Stafford Road.

Former Patriots linebacker Nicholas Grigsby, offensive lineman Ted Karras and safety Brandon King helped cut the ribbon on Taunton’s playground before local children got to try it out for the first time.

“Amazing is an understatement,” Correia said of the team’s generosity. “I think it’s very, very thoughtful. This city really needed it. It’s amazing what they did for our town.”

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