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Published: Wednesday, August 28, 2013, 12:01 a.m.

Everett girl’s effort adds to park’s equipment after arson

  • Eleven year-old Ashley Barquest took action when arsonists burned part of the playground at Garfield Park in Everett in May. Ashley raised more than $...

    Annie Mulligan / For The Herald

    Eleven year-old Ashley Barquest took action when arsonists burned part of the playground at Garfield Park in Everett in May. Ashley raised more than $3,200 from the community that the city will use for a new piece of play equipment at the park.

EVERETT -- A new piece of play equipment is coming to Garfield Park in north Everett, thanks to a 11-year-old's hard work.
Ashley Barquest, a student at Garfield Elementary School, raised more than $3,200 for the park after an arson destroyed play equipment there in May.
She set up donation jars in classrooms and community businesses for "Pennies for Garfield Park." Inspired by her efforts, The Homeport Tavern on Everett Avenue held a rummage sale.
Last week, Ashley donated the money she'd collected at a City Council meeting. She also got to meet Mayor Ray Stephanson.
Ashley's donation will benefit everyone who visits the park, the mayor said.
The city replaced the park's fire-damaged play equipment in the weeks after the arson.
Money from Ashley's fundraiser will go toward a "moving sidewalk," a kind of walkway with moving sections that children play on, city spokeswoman Meghan Pembroke said.
The sidewalk is set to be installed by early October.

Rikki King: 425-339-3449; rking@heraldnet.com.
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