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Making a SPLASH at the Everybody Can Play Playground

April 27, 2012
(Huntsville, AL)-Building on the first two phases of the special needs "EveryBody Can Play" playground in Brahan Spring Park, the City of Huntsville, Optimists and Kiwanis clubs broke ground today to begin the third and final phase-a water feature for the children.

The $250,000 splash pad brings the total investment in the special needs playground to more than $850,000. Project chair Russ Grimes said the playground's third phase will offer Huntsville and Madison County an inclusive park for all children and a place for all abilities.

"Parents, grandparents, and teachers can't imagine the joy and exuberance that they will see when this phase of the park is completed," said Grimes. "No matter what the physical abilities of the child, there will be sprinklers, bubbling geysers, water cannons, dumping buckets and roll through arches, a total of 51 features with a space theme splash pad to delight the children."

Mayor Tommy Battle says the EveryBody Can Play Playground in Brahan Spring Park is a testament to the community's creativity and spirit in helping to provide a handicap-accessible playground for children and adults.

"This project would not have happened without community leadership and support," said Mayor Battle. "We have received national recognition from KaBOOM, and we have received the ultimate praise from our children who use this park - happy smiles and laughter."

The Everybody Can Play Playground has been the fundraising focus of the area Optimist and Kiwanis clubs. They have led community groups, non-profit organizations and businesses to build the first two phases of the project, completed last June. The City of Huntsville provided the property from the old tennis center and its Parks and Recreation, Facilities, and Public Works departments have all pitched in to help with construction and operations.

"We wanted a place where families with special needs children could play with other children that were not special needs," said Greg Patterson, Director of Parks and Recreation. "It has truly been a labor of love for Huntsville's children." The new Splash Pad is expected to be ready for play this July.


For more information, contact Kelly Cooper Schrimsher, Director of Communications, Office of the Mayor, 256-427-5006 w, 256-503-5032 c, kelly.schrimsher@huntsvilleal.gov

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