This is a rendering of the playground that will be constructed at the Miracle League Complex. Able-bodied children and those with disabilities, including those in wheelchairs, will be able to use the equipment. (Special Illustration)
COVINGTON — The passion of the community has propelled the Miracle League project from conception to reality, even through challenging economic times. Before the field opens next spring, that community support is being sought once again to build the county’s first universally accessible playground in the Miracle League complex at City Pond Park.
“This project from the very beginning has been a community-wide endeavor, so with absolutely no hesitation we wanted the playground to be a community build project as well,” Miracle League Consultant Tamara Richardson. “As you know, this entire project has been embraced by so many throughout the community and this build is just another way folks can come out and be involved and feel a part of the overall complex. It’s going to be a great day.”
The community build takes place Saturday, Oct. 26, at the park, located at 14126 City Pond Road. Volunteers are needed to work two-hour shifts: from 8 to 10 a.m.; 10 a.m. to noon; noon- to 2 p.m.; 2 to 4 p.m.; and 4 to 6 p.m. At least 10 to 20 volunteers are needed per shift. The 10 a.m. to noon shift is popular, Richardson said, so help is most needed during the other shifts.
T-shirts will be provided to the first 200 volunteers and food and drinks will be provided throughout the day, courtesy of Waffle House, Coca-Cola, Publix, Central Community Church and the Equestrian Team of Newton County Special Olympics. Richardson said even children can help by passing out water and picking up trash.
Primarily, volunteers will assemble playground equipment. Volunteers with the following supplies are asked to bring them along: 3/8-inch drive ratchets; impact drivers; tape measures; pencils; post hole diggers; rock bars; flat shovels; and work gloves.
To sign up for the build, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Include T-shirt size and shift availability.
Landscape Structures Inc. based in Minnesota is supplying the equipment and will supervise the build.
The playground equipment is being purchased through grants and private donations; more than $175,000 has been raised. Donors are: The Porter Fund; Covington/Newton County United Way; Waterfall Foundation; Snapping Shoals EMC Operation Round-Up; Resurgens Charitable Foundation; Walmart; 2012 Festival of Trees; Covington Police Department’s Police Who Care Fund; Chick-fil-A Foundation; Publix Super Market Charities; BARD Medical/C.R. BARD Inc.; and an anonymous grant source.