Groundbreaking set for Oshkosh’s first inclusive playground - April 20 2015

Supporters, city officials and funders will come together for an official groundbreaking on Wednesday, April 22, at Oshkosh's first inclusive playground at South Park.

The ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the playground site, which is near the existing basketball courts. The public is welcome to join the brief festivities.

Inclusive Playground will be the first fully accessible playground in Oshkosh. It will feature a rubberized surface that will allow easy access for people on foot, and those using wheel chairs, strollers or walkers.

The playground's construction is the result of four years of planning and fundraising by the Inclusive Park Project Committee. The project reached its fundraising goal in December with a $50,000 grant from the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. Plans for construction were made this spring after the City of Oshkosh in February approved $140,000 in funding support.

Other major donors include Community First Credit Union, with a $25,000 match grant, and the John E. Kuenzl Foundation, with a $25,000 grant.

Fundraiser: Businesses and residents are invited to purchase fence pickets for a safety fence that will surround Inclusive Playground. Pickets can be engraved with their names. People interested in purchasing a fence picket can contact Jessica Miller at 920-203-5527 or visit the project's Facebook page for information.

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