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Fundraising underway for all-inclusive playground at Mylan Park

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – SteppingStones in Monongalia County is raising $2 million to build an all-inclusive, barrier-free playground for all ages at Mylan Park.

Stepping Stones Executive Director Monica Marietta said the playground will be in the heart of Mylan Park near Miracle Field, the all-inclusive baseball diamond with a rubberized surface similar to what the new playground will have.

“We want children with disabilities, adults with disabilities to be able to play with their cousins, their siblings and their grandparents so this is a place for everyone to play not just for children with disabilities,” Marietta said.

The park will feature smooth surfaces and easy access throughout. Marietta said it will be an area available to the entire community to promote physical activity for those dealing with a disability.

“There’s going to be a combination of rubber surface and turf,” Marietta said. “So, no mulch, no rock and nothing that will cause a tripping hazard.”

In addition to surfaces, the playground will also feature amenities that people with disabilities can access on their own. Independence is something they want to promote while still encouraging family and group activities.

“Our merry-go-round is actually sunken into the ground, so you walk right onto it,” Marietta said. “There’s no jumping on it, you can roll a wheelchair or walker right on it, so if grandma and grandpa can’t their legs up they can just step right on it.”

Commissioners in Monongalia County have agreed to match up to $300,000 in donations with county funds and SteppingStones has received a $50,000 grant from the Milan Puskar Foundation.

“Things are starting to happen and move very quickly,” Marietta said. ” We’re hoping our prayers are answered and we get all the funding together for this playground very quickly and we could potentially break ground on this playground in the spring of 2023.”

To contact SteppingStones for more information call 304-983-STEP(7837) or email abilitywv@hotmail.com or click here.

 





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