The effort to make local playgrounds accessible to children of all abilities has reached a major milestone. Logan County Board of DD Superintendent Saul Bauer accepted a $10,000 Community Health and Wellness Grant from the Mary Rutan Foundation on behalf of the Come Play at the Peak Project.
Bauer says this grant now puts the Come Play at the Peak Project right at the mark needed to purchase new equipment prior to the new year. Thanks to the generosity of the MRH Foundation and the generosity of the community, the group has raised enough to cover the cost of rebuilding Kaleidoscope Park in Bellefontaine so that it is accessible to children of all abilities. But Bauer says the goal still remains to make all Logan County parks accessible.
“Logan County, at this time, has no parks with fully accessible equipment,” he said. “So we are now hoping the community will chip in one more time and help us get at least one piece of equipment, if not more, in every park in Logan County so that every child of every ability is able to play, socialize and have fun in our parks. “
Bauer estimates the cost to add accessible equipment and infrastructure at all local parks to be another $100,000.
He says the equipment for Kaleidoscope Park is ordered. Demolition is expected to begin in early spring and construction should be completed by this summer.
Donations to the Come Play at the Peak Project can be made to the Logan County Board of DD Foundation, P.O. Box 710, Bellefontaine, OH 43311 c/o Come Play at the Peak Project.
Submitted by the Logan County Board of DD.