Centerville adds a new all-inclusive playground with several community donations

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Centerville-Washington Park District recently added an all-inclusive playground to one of its most popular parks. Yankee Park, 7500 Yankee St., dedicated the new playground on Friday, May 13, 2022. CONTRIBUTE

Centerville-Washington Park District recently added an all-inclusive playground to one of its most popular parks.  Yankee Park, 7500 Yankee St., dedicated the new playground on Friday, May 13, 2022. CONTRIBUTE
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Centerville-Washington Park District recently added an all-inclusive playground to one of its most popular parks. Yankee Park, 7500 Yankee St., dedicated the new playground on Friday, May 13, 2022. CONTRIBUTE

The total cost of the park is $300,000, the majority of which comes from the district’s capital improvement budget, Marks said.

The club’s $25,000 donation helped the Park District purchase inclusive play equipment and shade structures. They include musical chimes, an ADA-compliant spinner with seat backs, a grass mound, and a Cozy Dome, which is an igloo-like hideout.

The new playground also includes a safety surface. It’s designed to be easy to walk on, accommodate wheels, and be ready for use even after heavy rain.

The Centerville High School National Honor Society ($3,000) also donated to the Yankee Park effort.

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“Donations like these are truly vital for the Park District to improve projects and do all we can for the community,” Marks said. “Although it’s a complement to something we would have done, it’s so much better because of it.”

CNO donated another $20,000 on Monday to help make community playgrounds more accessible. This donation will cover the cost of 23 inclusive swing sets throughout the district. Each of CWPD’s playgrounds with existing swing sets will soon include one of the swing sets.

The park district plans to install two types of swings, some designed for children ages 2 to 5 and others designed for children ages 5 and up.

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Centerville-Washington Park District recently added an all-inclusive playground to one of its most popular parks. Yankee Park, 7500 Yankee St., dedicated the new playground on Friday, May 13, 2022. CONTRIBUTE

Centerville-Washington Park District recently added an all-inclusive playground to one of its most popular parks.  Yankee Park, 7500 Yankee St., dedicated the new playground on Friday, May 13, 2022. CONTRIBUTE
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Centerville-Washington Park District recently added an all-inclusive playground to one of its most popular parks. Yankee Park, 7500 Yankee St., dedicated the new playground on Friday, May 13, 2022. CONTRIBUTE

Accessible swings will provide children who cannot use traditional swings the opportunity to experience the many sensory benefits of the swing, Marks said. Installation will begin at the end of the summer.

“The Centerville Noon Optimists Long Range Planning Committee was looking for a high-impact giving opportunity,” club president Gary Hansen said in a statement. “After seeing the impact of accessibility options at Yankee Park, we were excited to add accessibility options to playgrounds in the district.”

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