Proctor Breaks Ground On Fully Accessible Handicapped Playground

By KBJR News 1

May 9, 2012 Updated May 9, 2012 at 7:03 PM CDT

Proctor, MN - (Northland's NewsCenter) - Proctor is getting a new kind of playground. The first one like it in the Northland...a fully accessible handicapped playground that lets every kid reach that top tower is being built.

Jennifer McDonald a mom with a child who's needs are not met by average playgrounds set out in 2008 to bring Proctor it's own city playground, one that allows children of all abilities to play together.

Phase one of the project began today as the section of the playground for ages 2-5 is being built in form of a train and a set of swings.

They hope to have 3 phases depending on grants and donations. The second phase being the expansion of the playground incorporating a section for ages 5-12. The final stage will be to remove the temporary surfacing with rubber tiles.

"That playground will be 100% handicapped accessible. Not just a ramp to nothing but a ramp that will go along all the paths and that every child should get to the top tower, every kid with abilities, with disabilities."

Volunteers are working today and tomorrow on phase one. If you are interested in helping they'll meet tomorrow at 8 a.m. behind the Proctor football field.

Donations can be forwarded to the First National Bank of Proctor project name "A Playground for EveryBODY."

Danyel Piecek
dpiecek@northlandsnewscenter.com