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Playground committee receives grant
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Posted: 2013 Nov 01 - 06:51

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JENSEN BEACH -- The Jensen Beach Community Playground Committee was awarded a $20,000 grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida to help build a new playground at Jensen Beach Elementary that will be open to students and the public.

A total of $300,000 is needed to build the new playground. The committee has already raised $60,000, but will need more financial support through donations and grants to meet the build date of May, 2014.

The existing playground features pieces nearly 40-years-old that continue to degrade due to increasing use. The Jensen Beach Community Playground Committee and a crew of dedicated volunteers are working to raise the necessary funds to install a custom-built playground designed by local children and the Leathers & Associates design team.

The playground will provide a safe environment for the community's most vulnerable special needs children, and the design meets the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations. The custom playground layout includes wheelchair accessible groundcover, therapeutic swings, activity panels, accessible parallel bars and telephone systems. The unique play space will provide outlets that help correct developmental delays and play opportunities for children of all abilities. Jensen Beach Elementary is the hub-school for Martin County's Autism Spectrum Disorder Unit, and the ADA regulated components will benefit these students. Children of all abilities will be able to play shoulder to shoulder, learning and growing together.

"We are thrilled that Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida decided to partner with us to build a new playground for the Jensen Beach community," said Denise Faherty, general playground coordinator.

"Together, we are providing Jensen Beach residents with a new public playground that is safe and accessible for all children of all ability levels."

The community is encouraged to help financially support the Jensen Beach Community Playground Committee. Numerous giving options are available and include general financial contributions; sponsorships, adopting playground components or purchasing personalized fence pickets, bricks and handprint tiles. Volunteers are also needed.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida's mission is to create, find and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children in South Florida.

For more information, visit https://rmhcsouthflorida.org/.

To learn more about giving opportunities and the Jensen Beach Playground Project, visit http://www.JBPlayground.com or email info@jbplayground.com.

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