First Adaptive Piece of Playground Equipment Has Been Awarded
A park that has served the city of Presque Isle for over forty years has been dismantled.
The Presque Isle Kiwanis Club, Presque Isle Rotary Club and the United Way of Aroostook have joined forces with the city of Presque Isle to bring the first adaptive playground to be built in its place. With a goal of creating a space that is inclusive for all children of all abilities.
Recently the Presque Isle Kiwanis Club competed for the chance to win $25,000 in the 2017 Legacy of Play Contest put on by Landscape Structures. The Club placed in the top ten out of more than fifty clubs in the nationwide competition. In appreciation for the Kiwanis club’s commitment to bringing this new adaptive playground to the community, they were awarded an OmniSpin Spinner to be added to the playground project. The value of the spinner is $6,800. This adaptive piece of equipment will offer children of all abilities valuable vestibular sensory stimulation and will encourage interactive play between all children.
Other efforts have already been underway by the other organizations. The United Way of Aroostook has already raised $4000 to be put towards the playground.
In addition, the Presque Isle Rotary Club will support the Riverside Park Playground Project over the coming year by designating the park as the recipient of a portion of their 70th Annual Rotary Auction taking place on Saturday, December 16th.
The Riverside Park Community Project Steering Committee has worked to develop four different possible playground designs at different price points. The money that is raised by these three civic organizations along with the City of Presque Isle will go towards a park that will bring safe and inclusive play to the Riverside Park area. The Steering Committee hopes that this playground will complete the revitalization of the family-friendly area that the City has been working so hard to provide for its residents.
The three organizations are coordinating a community –wide fundraising drive for the project. More information on that effort will be made public in late summer or early fall. Individuals and organizations interested in donating to the project are encouraged to reach out to the United Way of Aroostook or any member of the Presque Isle Rotary or Kiwanis Clubs.
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