Thomas the Tank Engine – A Story About a Truck and a Playground
Children can gain confidence through mastering physical skills and playing with friends; however, these factors are not always taken into consideration when designing playgrounds.
Julie Kenerson loves the Charlestown playground in Mayor Thomas Menino Park because of its accessible design, enabling both of her sons Lukas and Jake to spin carousels together and slide down slides side-by-side. However, Julie would like more ADA compliant playgrounds.
Early Life and Education
Thomas was busy shunting trucks when The Fat Controller told him to deliver some sand and timber to a builders merchant. At the merchant, however, Thomas discovered they had more than enough for what was required – Thomas suggested they use this surplus material to build a sand pit at Wellsworth playground instead; to their great delight the children thanked him profusely as it will make an excellent alternative beach experience!
Sunnyside offers this captivating modular play structure boasting plenty of slides and climbers for children to keep them active for hours! With 17 events including straight tube slides, S tube slides, bump wave slides, spiral slides, curved sectionals slides as well as half circle climbers, straight loop climbers and corkscrew climbers; wheelchair transfer stations ensure accessibility. This playground comes in multiple color choices to fit different preferences as well as wheelchair transfer stations to enable accessible use.
Tom excelled as an outstanding high school basketball player, earning All-County and All-State recognition while leading his team to league and sectional championships. Later honed at St. John’s University – where he captained an Elite Eight NCAA tournament team in 1979!
He was selected second overall by the Detroit Pistons in the 1981 NBA draft, and spent his entire career there. While with them, he became involved in numerous controversial incidents on the court – one being an altercation he caused between himself and the Denver Nuggets that he initiated himself.
Tom has also served as parks and recreation director, creating one of the country’s first college curricula in parks and recreation management. Additionally, he designed many playgrounds and signage such as City Centre Garage on 9th and Front in Meridian Idaho.
Achievement and Honors
Thomas and his crew are busy shunting trucks when the Fat Controller instructs them to collect supplies for Wellsworth. Thomas’ trucks are filled with heavy sand and timber – more than needed according to their manager at the builder’s merchant – when Thomas discovers they have more materials than required, Thomas suggests using this excess to create a sandpit at the local playground for children to play on.
This playground honors an influential community leader by featuring camel animal art, benches, play equipment, drinking fountain, basketball and handball courts, flagpole with yardarm that displays flags of Parks, New York City and America as well as new curvilinear ADA-accessible walking paths, community garden and fitness loop.
This playground has been renamed in honor of Lance Corporal Noonan, an heroic young man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his nation. Additionally, new equipment has been installed that separates toddlers and older children as well as an upgrade that includes an interactive sprinkler system which sprays children from multiple directions.
Thomas plays an essential part in children’s physical, social and cognitive development. Free outdoor play gives kids an opportunity to discover their interests, explore emotions and develop self-confidence and independence – this playground equipment comes at an unbeatably attractive value price of 3.5 inches outer diameter (OD).
After receiving several rejections, Wolfe’s manuscript eventually reached Charles Scribner’s Sons editor Maxwell Perkins who recognized Look Homeward, Angel’s potential and encouraged Wolfe to continue writing it. With Look Homeward, Angel being both critical and commercial success respectively, he split his time between Asheville and New York while writing.
This Thomas playground boasts camel animal art, benches and picnic tables, basketball court, handball courts, tennis court and flagpole with yardarm bearing the flags of New York City and United States. Additionally it offers a curved ADA-accessible walking path and rain gardens.
Thomas is a golfing superstar who has won multiple tournaments around the world and earned top earnings for his career earnings of tens of millions over time. Additionally, Thomas is highly active on social media such as YouTube where his following is impressive.
Thomas has found success outside of professional golf through various ventures that generate significant income, such as endorsement deals with major companies like Titleist, Troon Footjoy Beats Electronics Whoop & Netjets.
He is also an esteemed landscape photographer and hosts a popular YouTube channel where he provides educational material about nature. Additionally, he published the book Guardian of the Realm that can be purchased through Amazon.