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New playground at Mahany welcomes people of all abilities

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By: Gina Garbolino , Roseville mayor
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The nationwide movement to make playgrounds inclusive for children of all abilities is growing, and Roseville is proud to be a regional leader in the effort. The city has partnered with Shane’s Inspiration, a nonprofit organization dedication to helping special needs youth access one of the most fundamental rights of childhood: the right to interact and play with friends on playgrounds. Together, the city and Shane’s Inspiration are spearheading local efforts to create Universally Accessible Playgrounds in Roseville. These playgrounds will be fully accessible to all children, with equipment and sensory stimulation designed to provide an experience that rewards and challenges children of all abilities. Join us for the dedication of the newest playground in Roseville – and the second of what will eventually be three with universally accessible facilities in our city at 4 p.m., Thursday, June 25, at Mahany Park, 1545 Pleasant Grove Blvd. located directly behind the Martha Riley Library. The park is approaching completion of Phase I of the project, and is designed for children ages 5 and under. You’ll see firsthand how this design helps children of all abilities play together, creating and strengthening the bonds of friendship. The first Universally Accessible Playground was completed in May at Maidu Park, while the final project is scheduled for Royer Park in the future. In 2008 the City Council committed $1 million in funds to jump-start these projects, and is moving toward its community partnership fundraising goal of an additional $1.2 million from private donors, large and small. All funding for project construction have been and will be from the citywide park fund, grants and donations; no money has been used from the city’s general fund. The enthusiasm for this effort is widespread, and we appreciate support of community service organizations, scouting groups, schools, churches and countless individuals. Donations are welcomed as we help make the dream of Universally Accessible Playground a reality for all children. They may be sent to: Project Play City of Roseville, Community Services Dept. 311 Vernon St. Roseville, CA 95678 Call 774-5505 or visit www.roseville.ca.us/parks for additional details. Sponsorship opportunities are available.