Can-Do Playground Breaks Ground June 11

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Children enjoying a sand table at the Can-Do Playground in Wilmington, DE. Photo courtesy of http://www.candoplayground.org

After years of preparation the Milford Rotary Club and several other local Rotary Club organizations will finally break ground on the Can-Do Playground on Monday, June 11 at 11am. The location of the event will be the future site of the playground located at Tony Silicato Memorial Park, 101 Delaware Veterans Boulevard, behind the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club.

The Can-Do Playground at Milford will be a unique public playground for children and families of all abilities in Central and Southern Delaware. It will be a Boundless Playground™ and the first and only playground of its kind in Southern Delaware. The playground has been developed with the help of the Milford, Mispillion, Lewes-Rehoboth, Hub (Harrington, Greenwood, Felton), Rehoboth Sunrise and Naticoke-Seaford Rotary Clubs.

In 2007, six Wilmington area Rotary clubs developed the first Can-Do playground in Delaware at Alapocas State Park. It has enjoyed major success as they have seen visitors travel from 3 to 4 hours away to enjoy the facility.  If everything goes to plan the Can-Do Playground of Milford should be completed in the year 2013.

Originally, the Rotary Club obtained an area for the project at the back of Silicato Park, off of Airport Rd, but the land was not quite bit enough to host the facility. Thankfully, PJ and Phyllis Walker donated a ½ acre easement so that the project could move forward. A short time after that, The City of Milford also donated land to help the plan get under way.

“After almost four years of preparation it is very satisfying to reach the point where we can begin construction on the playground,” commented David Rutt, member of Milford Rotary and advocate of Can-Do Playground. “We hope to have the facility ready by this time next year.”

The Can-Do Playground can be used by any child regardless of impairment or condition.  More importantly, the equipment is designed so that all children can play together.  For example, the traditional sandbox has been updated to reflect kids of all needs by introducing sand tables. These tables are large containers full of sand that are raised to the waist level of children.  This allows children in wheelchairs or other disabilities to play side-by-side with all children their age.  There will also be other equipment, such as swings, to accommodate children of all needs so that can enjoy each other’s company next to one another.

The ability of this playground to incorporate all children into play is what makes this project so exceptional.  “There is no other playground like it in Southern Delaware that can be used by both impaired and unimpaired children together,” commented Mr. Rutt, “This will give children the opportunity to participate in something they have never been a part of.”

Local Rotary organizations continue to ask for assistance in funding the playground and the specifically engineered equipment required for such a facility. With corporate sponsorship secured, the next step for the Rotary Clubs will be asking for the public’s help to assist with competition of the community playground.

To find out more information about the Can-Do Playground visit http://www.candoplayground.org and take a virtual tour of the facility already completed in Wilmington, Delaware.  To find out more information regarding the Can-Do Playground of Milford contact David Rutt at dnrutt@mooreandrutt.com.

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