by Larry Austin
A new adaptive playground on the Island for children with disabilities is just weeks away.
The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York took delivery Wednesday of equipment that will form a new playground adjacent to the present ball diamond and pavilion in Veterans Park. The Miracle League raised $25,000 to meet a challenge grant of another $25,000 to fund the playground.
"The next step is install the foundation pieces," said RJ Wynne, president of the Miracle League. "And then we build the playground, and then we put the safety surface down."
The soft safety surface will go over the top of the asphalt triangle in between the pavilion and parking lot just off Veterans Drive. "It's the exact same company and the exact same surface as the field itself," Wynne said.
Several service clubs and volunteers, under the direction of construction manager Dan Drexelius, have committed to building parts of the playground, which covers a footprint of approximately 5,200 square feet, Wynne said.
"We hope that we can get the whole thing assembled the first two weeks of June," Wynne said. "It's going to be a community build, and the playground (manufacturer) is going to have representatives there just to guide us."