September 1, 2014

Medina
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‘Inclusive’ playground in the works

Friends of Medina County Parks hopes to raise a quarter-million dollars to build an “inclusive” playground — designed to accommodate children of all abilities, including the disabled — at the Medina County Park District’s newest park, Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park.

Tom James, director of the Park District, said the playground will have a number of features specifically designed for children with special needs, including double-sized ramps for wheelchair users.

It also will feature a poured-in-place rubber safety surface that will protect children from falls and a combination of slides, climbers, swings and activity panels that provides play opportunities for children of all abilities, he said.

Medina County Park District Director Tom James looks over the site in Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park,  Granger Township, where the new “inclusive playground” is planned for later this year. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

Medina County Park District Director Tom James looks over the site in Carolyn Ludwig Mugrage Park, Granger Township, where the new “inclusive playground” is planned for later this year. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

The location of the playground will allow easy access to the parking lot and to the paved trail within the park off Windfall Road, just north of state Route 18.

“We are truly grateful for the assistance of the Friends by raising funds for this improvement to the park,” James said.

Clay Smith, president of the Friends of Medina County Parks, announced the fundraising drive Friday. Smith said the goal is to raise more than $225,000 for the playground to be built this spring.

John and Virginia Jeandrevin are heading the fundraising committee.

John Jeandrevin said he was confident the goal will be met.

“We have volunteers that are anxious to speak to as many community members as possible to raise the funds for this great playground,” he said.

For more information about the project, call the Friends of the Parks at the Medina County Park District office at (330) 722-9364 or email fotp@medinacountyparks.com.

All donations to the Friends of Medina County Parks are tax-deductible.

Contact David Knox at (330) 721-4065 or dknox@medina-gazette.com.