The ground was broken April 9 for the new Safety Town permanent education facility between Evamere and East Woods schools on North Hayden Parkway.

Safety Town is an annual event that introduces the importance and methods of safety to pre-school children. It is under the umbrella of HCER.

A 3,600-square-foot concrete slab will be lined with painted streets and intersections and a 450-square-foot storage building to store the mini-cars and 24 miniature buildings when not in use for the classes.

Cost of the project is estimated at between $65,000 to $70,000, according to Safety Town Committee Co-chair Gail Royster. Each house may be sponsored with a minimum $1,000 donation to help defray the cost of the project.The committee is hoping to complete the project in mid-May, before the first Safety Town class June 9.

Committee co-chair Jay Zedak is constructing 24 miniature houses for the project.

"Each house is 2-feet by 2-feet and 4-feet tall," Zedak said.

Zedak said he will paint the houses to the donors' preferences, adding the name of the sponsor to each house.

"Safety Town will have 5-feet wide roads and a round-about," Zedak said.

Residents may also purchase personalized license plates for $250 to attach to the Little Tikes donated cars.

Other members of the Permanent Safety Town Committee are: Mike Buynak, George Roth and Laura Jones.

For more information, or to make a donation to the project, visit