The second and final phase of construction on the ASK playground began Friday, March 21 with the help of volunteers.
Utilizing funds solely from fundraising, donations, and grant money, the ASK playground strives to assist all children. Many components of the playground were designed to assist handicapped children, however, children who are not disabled will also be able to play on the equipment.
The funding goal for phase two, $300,000 was reached through fundraising tactics.
“There’s no way we could have done it without doing [fundraising],” said Corey Mangan, in charge of Public Relations and Community Development for the Department of Disabilities.
The playground will be accessible at all hours to accommodate children who may not be able to play outdoors during the daytime due to their disabilities.
“This will be something the community can be really proud of,” said Mangan. While there are many opportunities for children to spend time on a playground in Preble County, the ASK playground will be the only one which is totally accessible to all children.
The playground will have a grand opening ceremony in late April or early May to welcome all who wish to use it.
Mangan recognized Jan Kaye and Beth Pool for their hard work and dedication to the project.