Kiwanis Club of Lima Ohio

The merry-go-round spins faster and faster as its occupants shout in delight. This is eight-year old Justin’s first ride on a merry-go-round and it is so exciting he moves quickly to the next new experience. His six-year old brother joins him. From a flying swing to a sliding board, to musical boards and color wheels, the two brothers move from one new experience to the next. They join hands as they zoom down the slide and land on a squishy surface. A young mother stands nearby as she watches her sons play on playground equipment together for the very first time. Justin has a disability. In the past, he could only watch his brother play. This special moment is possible because of playground equipment designed for all abilities. An All Ability Playground will provide experiences like these for all children in the area and especially the 1450 plus children and adults with disabilities served by the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities (DD). The Lima Kiwanis Club, in partnership with The Arc, the Board of DD, and the Marimor Legacy Foundation seeks to build such a playground at Marimor School, a school for students with disabilities; a playground that will compliment, not duplicate, the one built in Phase I of this project at Camp Robin Rogers. Not only will this playground be available during the school day for students attending Marimor School but will be available for the entire community. Your vote could make this happen!

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