AMBUCS bringing one-of-a-kind playground to Salina
Feb 08, 2013 (The Salina Journal - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Many AMBUCS projects affect individuals, but a new project strives to help the community by bringing one of the first fully-accessible playgrounds in the country to Salina.
The Salina AMBUCS clubs -- Breakfast Bandits and Noon Network -- are teaming up to raise $360,000 to build a fully accessible playground at Coronado Elementary School.
"We do a lot of individual things in the community, like provide AmTrykes, build ramps and provide financial assistance to people," AMBUCS member Cee Heller said. "This year we wanted to do something to benefit the community."
The playground will be accessible to people who use wheelchairs and walkers and people with other disabilities, as well as those without disabilities.
"It will be fully ramped from the bottom to the top, which is 10 feet," Heller said. "Every child, even those who can't go down slides, will be able to enjoy the height. It won't be limited to children with disabilities."
She said AMBUCS has raised $273,000, which includes grants. The group needs $87,000 to complete the project.
"We hope to have the money by March and have the playground delivered and installed by early June," Heller said.
Heller said Coronado Elementary was chosen because it has the largest population of students with special needs. It also pulls students from the region.
"Coronado also wanted to do improvements to their playground, so we felt it was a natural fit," Heller said.
The playground will include special turf with artificial grass and a material to protect children if they fall from the equipment. It will also be covered so children can play on it in any season.
The developer, Child's Play Inc., told AMBUCS members the playground would be the first from "Canada to Mexico."
"We decided that this would be something that would have a lasting impact on the community," Heller said. "We know what we do changes lives. This project can impact the whole community."
Heller said people can donate by calling her, (785) 531-0594, emailing email@example.com or by mail at Noon Network AMBUCS, 1648 S. Ohio, Box 192, Salina 67401. She asked people to note that the donation be designated for the playground.
-- Reporter Chris Hunter can be reached at 822-1422 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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