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Dinniman Secures $25,000 for Phoenixville All-Ability Playground
PHOENIXVILLE (March 14, 2018) – State Senator Andy Dinniman this week announced that he successfully secured $25,000 in state funding for the development of an all-ability playground in Phoenixville’s Reeves Park.
The new playground is a joint effort of the Borough of Phoenixville, the Phoenixville Jaycees, and the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville. The goal is to replace the existing playground with one that can be enjoyed by children, adolescents, and parents of all abilities, including those with physical and sensory challenges, so that all can interact, play, and learn together.
Dinniman announced the funding, which comes through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, at Tuesday’s Phoenixville Borough Council meeting.
“I want to thank the borough, the Jaycees and the Kiwanis Club for stepping up on to take on this project and working to ensure that everyone has the chance to take advantage of our outdoor recreational opportunities,” Dinniman said. “I understand that the nearest such playground is located in Downingtown, so this project won’t just benefit Phoenixville, it will also be an asset for children and families from the surrounding region.”
The groups have been working closely with the borough’s Recreation Board as well as the Parks and Recreation Committee since April 2016 to develop a comprehensive plan for the playground.
The project is planned to be completed in three phases and is expected to begin this fall:
- Construction of the actual playground including installation of all-ability equipment and rubberized safety base. This will include a play section for 2 to 5-year-olds, as well as a section designed for older children.
- The installation of two new unisex, handicapped-accessible restrooms to replace the existing restrooms in the bandshell. Both will be entered from the Third Avenue side of the bandshell and will have time-activated locks allowing them to operate during park hours from April until October.
- The installation of signage, fencing, bike racks, trash receptacles, and other landscaping features.
So far, about $65,000 of the $400,000 needed for the park has been raised and potential funding opportunities from grants and other sources is in the works.