Representatives of the “Come Play at the Peak” Committee gave members of the Bellefontaine Rotary Club an update on their initiative to make local playgrounds accessible to children of all abilities.
Bellefontaine Intermediate School teacher and Dare to Be Aware Club Advisor Tracy Greg said that the committee had met with three playground companies. They chose Playworld Midstates to create an overhaul of Kaleidoscope Playground in the Mary Rutan Park to make it accessible to all children. It was January 2017 when members of the BIS Dare to Be Aware Club took the idea of playground accessibility to Bellefontaine’s Joint Recreation District Committee.
Greg told Rotary members, “It’s been humbling and nice to see everybody get behind this project.”
The committee is researching grant opportunities and fundraisers to pay for the project.
Jack Varner, former member of the Bellefontaine Intermediate School Dare to Be Aware Club, talked about local fundraisers that have raised approximately $30,000 to date. Bellefontaine Joint Parks and Recreation Superintendent Kris Myers says that money will be used this summer to revamp the playground at Bellefontaine’s Southview Park, adding new equipment and a solid surface that is accessible for inclusive play within. The final piece of their plan is to work with all communities in Logan County to make playgrounds accessible.
Meantime, Myers said the handicap swing that the Bellefontaine Rotary Club purchased for the Harmon Park playground will be ready as soon as weather permits.
Submitted by the Logan County Board of DD and the Bellefontaine Rotary Club.