Phase One Complete for ‘All Kids Playground’ in Parma

Phase One Complete for ‘All Kids Playground’ in Parma

- in 2015 Editions, Featured, Magazine, November 2015

Phase one is now complete at the All Kids Playground in Parma, which is open to the public. The all abilities playground provides ramps, a “cruiser,” which is a wheelchair accessible motion glider, and adapted swings.

The vision began about five years ago with Tammy Tomasello, a former resident of Parma, who after speaking to parents at a prom for teens with special needs, decided to pursue this project. She, along with her committee of volunteers, then collaborated with the city of Parma to build the playground at James Day Park.

The next phases include installing a soft rubber surface and sensory-type play area. However, more funding is needed to complete the project. The committee has been reaching out to the community and local businesses through fundraisers, along with applying for grants.

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About the author

Angela Gartner is the editor at Northeast Ohio Parent Magazine. She previously served as editor for family and general interest magazines in the region. As a journalist, her articles and columns have appeared in newspapers and other publications including The News-Herald, Sun Newspapers as well as the Chicago Tribune. She grew up in Northeast Ohio and is a mom of two boys. The whole family is busy each weekend with sports and finding new happenings around the region. She loves reading books, being a board member at the Cleveland Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and taking the family dog, a Scottish Terrier named Jagger, on his walks.

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