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05/18/2017

THE FAIRMONT PARK BOARD TUESDAY HEARD FROM TWO MEMBERS OF THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND TASK FORCE, WHICH IS SEEKING SUPPORT FOR AN INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND TO BE BUILT IN FAIRMONT THAT WILL ALLOW CHILDREN OF ALL ABILITIES TO PLAY AND EXPLORE TOGETHER.

SHELLY KRAHMER AND PAUL SPENCER ADDRESSED THE PARK BOARD AND PRESENTED SOME INFORMATION ON HOW AN ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND WOULD LOOK. SHELLY SAID THAT INCLUSIVE PLAY IS BASED ON A BELIEF THAT ALL CHILDREN SHOULD BE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLAY IN AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE THEY ARE NOT LIMITED BY PHYSICAL OR COGNITIVE ABILITY. IT ALSO MEANS A PLACE WHERE THEY CAN PLAY, NOT JUST INDEPENDENTLY, BUT ENGAGED WITH AND SURROUNDED BY THEIR PEERS AND FAMILY.

THE PROPOSED LOCATION OF THE ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND IS GOMSRUD PARK DUE TO THE AMENITIES IT PROVIDES, BUT IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IF NEED BE ACCORDING TO TASK FORCE. THE PRELIMINARY BUDGET IS ESTIMATED AT 475,000 DOLLARS. FUNDS ARE EXPECTED FROM A WIDE RANGE OF SOURCES INCLUDING FUTURE CAPITAL FUNDS FROM THE CITY OF FAIRMONT, LOCAL AND NATIONAL GRANTS AND FOUNDATIONS, CORPORATE SPONSORSHIPS AND PRIVATE DONORS PLUS IN KIND CONTRIBUTIONS TO CONSTRUCTION.

IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE FAIRMONT PARK BOARD, THE TASK FORCE IS HOPING TO CREATE AN INCLUSIVE PLAYGROUND THAT LEVERAGES THE CITY'S EXISTING PARK FACILITIES, MEETS AND EXCEEDS THE A D A REQUIREMENTS BY ALSO ADDRESSING THE SOCIAL, SENSORY, COGNITIVE AND EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF CHILDREN AND PROVIDES A FUN, SAFE AND ENGAGING PLAYGROUND FOR ALL.


ROD HALVORSEN
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