There’s a lot of work to be done before play can begin in Paris, IL. Today, volunteers and paid contractors started building a new all abilities playground.
When complete, the space will feature play equipment that a child in a wheelchair could use. There will also be sensory panels to engage kids with autism. And, there will be safety features to protect all children.
“It will be nice to have a composite playground where if you are a family who has children with or without a disability, they will be able to play together in one location,” said Becky Kraemer, playground committee member.
The new playground is being built next to the community splash pad in Twin Lakes Park. It’s been two years in the making.
“Between our in-kind donations and what we actually raised in cash it was $250,000 and we raised that in about 18 months,” said Janet Tracy, playground committee member.
The hope is to complete the bulk of the work by this Friday. A grand opening is planned for Memorial Day Weekend.