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Beacon Housing Update: Cranberry Ridge Celebrates a New Playground

This article was originally published online by Beacon Interfaith Housing.


The children of Cranberry Ridge have a brand-new playground, and just in time for summer too.

When we opened Cranberry Ridge, 45 affordable homes for families in Plymouth, we knew that giving children the space to play together was essential. Thanks to the generosity and collaboration of our Beacon community, this new playground is a perfect finishing touch to the building.

Construction of the playground was a shared effort from Beacon, service providers at Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners, congregants from Wayzata Community Church, and Cranberry Ridge residents.

“It was great working with residents, Beacon, and Wayzata Community Church on this playground build. The build happened on the last day of school and now it’s summer. It’s perfect timing,” exclaimed Renale Giles, Interfaith Outreach and Community Partners Program Coordinator. The design of the playground was selected by engaged Cranberry Ridge residents who were shown a handful of play structures to choose from. The families voted on their favorite.

“Renale and IOCP have been amazing partners on this project,” added Joan Bennet, Sr Housing Development Project Manager at Beacon. “They worked with residents to select the playground equipment that would be the best for the community.“

“I’m so happy that Cranberry Ridge children have their own play area inclusive of structures for children with disabilities also,” Renale continued. “The patio is conveniently located next to the playground. Families can sit, visit, and build community while their kids play. I love it!”

It’s special touches like this which make Cranberry Ridge feel like home for these 45 families. At Beacon, we work to create homes that not only meet the needs of our residents, but are also homes they are proud to live in. From built-in appliances, spacious bedrooms with ceiling fans and more, homes like Cranberry Ridge prove to be solid ground for families exiting instability.


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