Kristen Marks and Gary Hansen hold a large check for $20,000On the heels of a $25,000 donation to the Centerville-Washington Park District’s (CWPD) new Yankee Park playground, the Centerville Noon Optimist Club (CNO) recently announced an additional $20,000 donation to help make the community’s playgrounds more accessible.

Their generous donation will cover the cost of 23 inclusive swings to be installed at various parks throughout the district. The swings have molded, deep seats with a high back, safety harnesses and front impact bumpers. Each of CWPD’s playgrounds with existing swing sets will soon include one of the swings. The park district plans to install two types of swings, some designed for ages 2 – 5, and some designed for ages 5+.

“These swings will provide children who are unable to use traditional swings with an opportunity to enjoy the many sensory benefits of swinging. We are grateful to the Centerville Noon Optimist Club for assisting us in fulfilling our commitment to providing parks, facilities and programs that are safe, fun and inclusive,” said Centerville-Washington Park District Executive Director Kristen Marks.

“The long range planning committee of the Centerville Noon Optimists were looking for a high-impact donation opportunity. After seeing the impact of the accessibility options at Yankee Park, we were excited to add accessibility options to playgrounds throughout the district,” said Gary Hansen, Centerville Noon Optimist Club President.

Installation of the accessible swings will begin in late summer.

(Pictured: Centerville-Washington Park District Executive Director Kristen Marks and Centerville Noon Optimist Club President Gary Hansen.)

Released: May 16, 2022

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