Springfield Rotary builds new playground

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SPRINGFIELD, Ohio (WDTN) — A new inclusive playground is opening today in Springfield’s Snyder Park.

The playground comes as a gift from the Springfield Rotary Club, which is celebrating its 100th year in the area.

The Springfield Rotary Club has raised more than $484,000 for the playground. With the play area costing $300,000, the Rotary Club has set-up an endowment that will provide funds for maintenance each year.

The play area is designed to include kids with disabilities to play with ease. The ramps that have been built are 56 inches wide–enough room for two wheelchairs to move up or down the ramp without bumping each other.

MaryAlice Lacerais, a life-long Springfield native with two kids is excited for the opening.

“It’s a great opportunity. My son Eli has not been able to go play on a playground because he can’t get out of his wheelchair,” Lacerais added, “This will be a great chance for him to play.”

The play area features a thick poured rubber surface which will prevent hard falls.

Outside of the playground, a four-leaf clover cement pad has been installed which will hold raised flower and garden beds.

The park is now open to the public.

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