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Adaptive playground to be built at Riverview Park

Posted: October 15, 2012 - 7:18pm

North Augusta Parks, Recreation and Leisure Services department is looking to unveil a new playground at Riverview Park in the spring.

The playground will not be a traditional playground, however.

It will have a rubber surface and its equipment will enable children with and without disabilities to play together, said department director Rick Meyer.

“It will be a playground all kids can enjoy and use,” he said.

The new playground will also complement the renovations recently completed at Riverview Park, he added.

The playground will be the first of its kind in North Augusta. The nearest accessible playground is in Aiken. In Augusta, there is a Miracle League field. It will be located behind the softball field that North Augusta High School’s team uses and will be 80 by 50 feet in size.

The project is currently out for bid. Once bids come in and a contractor is selected, a committee will choose which equipment will go onto the playground, said Meyer.

Pam Stickler, executive director of The RECing Crew, will be one of the people on the committee. The RECing Crew is a nonprofit organization that provides leisure and recreational activities for those with disabilities.

The playground is a great way to be inclusive, she said.

“I think it’s a very positive thing for the city and it will have a huge impact on those with disabilities and getting them into the community and playing in their own backyard in the park,” she said.

To fund the playground, the department has received a $100,000 Land, Water and Conservation Fund grant through South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism; $40,000 from Sales Tax 2 funds for the Riverview Park renovations; $45,000 from the city of North Augusta; $10,000 grant from Wells Fargo; and a $5,000 Parks and Recreation Fund grant.

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