An anonymous donor is helping Huntsville Public School reach its goal of building an accessible playground. The school has been fundraising to build a new playground that everyone can use; including those with physical, visual and cognitive disabilities.

The school has raised around $100,000 so far, which includes a $20,000 boost by an anonymous donor. Committee Member Amy Dore says the students have also been fundraising, some of the school’s families donated $5,000 and the Rotary Club donated $40,000. The school has also been successful when applying for various grants to help cover the cost. Dore says a final number for how much the playground is going to end up costing isn’t known yet as the project is in the design phase.

Dore says an accessible playground is important because it allows students who are ranging in abilities to use it. The current one is small, and she says there aren’t a lot of structures for them to climb and play on, and that’s a problem because physical development is very important. Dore says the new playground will be partially pavement and partially grass.

 

Dore says they are also looking at including a roller slide and a wheelchair swing into the design as well.

Anyone who is interested in donating can donate directly to Huntsville Public School or the Trillium Lakelands District School Board, which is matching all donations.

Photo: The current playground. Supplied by Emily Fitzgerald.

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