The rain and subsequent mud couldn’t keep the from coming out to help build the new Universally Accessible Playground. Commitment, dedication, and hard work was clearly evident among the many volunteers who participated in the Community Build project over the weekend of August 5 – 7, 2022.

Mary Gaffee, one of the volunteers, said “Helping with the construction of the Universally Accessible Playground was the most rewarding thing I have ever done. To know that all children will enjoy this playground for years to come filled me with joy.”

Joe Hornsby agreed, “The build exemplifies a common thread of the spirit – generations of neighbors taking ownership and working together to improve and make something in our better for decades to come.”

When completed, will be one of the few fully accessible playgrounds in the region. The project received financial support from Ohio in the form of a state budget grant, a development block grant, and more than $227,000 in private donations.

“It was inspiring to see so many people come out despite the weather conditions to support a project we are all truly passionate about. This universally accessible playground incorporates socioemotional, mental, and physical needs to improve access to play for the entire community,” added Kat Gibson. “ may be a small community, but we have a big heart.”