Poplar Bluff group raising money for ADA playground - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Poplar Bluff group raising money for ADA playground

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Efforts are underway in Poplar Bluff to build a new playground at Bacon Memorial Park that children of all abilities can use.

"The ultimate goal is to see the kids out here playing," Poplar Bluff Kiwanis Club President Subrina Berger said.

Berger wants to put in new equipment at the Kiwanis-owned park that is compliant with the American Disabilities Act.

She said an ADA playground could benefit people of all ages and abilities.

They can safely leave their car, come to the pavilion, come to the playground equipment and return home without ever worrying about tripping, falling, or being left out."

The closest ADA compliant playground for Poplar Bluff residents is in Cape Girardeau, more than 80 miles away.

"It's just a place families utilize the park throughout the year," Kiwanis board member Mel Jackson said.

Jackson said the park is already used by sports teams, schools and other groups in the area.

New equipment, he said, will make sure everyone can have fun.

"Children that have some disabilities that might not be able to use the park or play right now will have some opportunities," Jackson said.

Tentative plans include a new jungle gym and paved walk ways.

However, construction won't start until Kiwanis hits it's fundraising goal.

"We're hoping to hit $50,000. That will give us enable us to purchase enough equipment," Berger said.

About half way there, Berger said she's confident with the help others the playground will become a reality.

The $24,000 came from fundraising efforts by the Kiwanis Club. The group also started a GoFundMe page to raise additional money.

Organizers say they hope to have the new playground ready to go by the end of next summer.

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