Stewart Park Needs Help Fundraising
ITHACA, N.Y.(WENY)-- Stewart Park has been making some major changes throughout the year to the play ground and surrounding area, so it is more accessible for everyone.
"What we're trying to do is create a playground that is really fun for all kids. You can kind of have this idea parallel play where kids with mobility impairments can play with others might be wounded warrior parents who have healthy kids who know you, could follow their kids around more easily," says Rick Manning, Director of Friends of Stewart Park.
The biggest priority is raising money for the new, inclusive splash pad. The one located at the park now is roughly 70 years old and the water is constantly running.They would like to replace it with one which has no barrier and the kids would be able to control.
"The water just doesn't run all day, you press a button and a whole sequence of things occur. Different spraying sequences. We just want to modernize that facility so that it's more fun," says Manning.
Officials say they want the project to be completed by 2121, but they'll need more funds to meet that goal. The money will not only go towards the new splash pad, but also help construct year-round bathrooms closer to the playground.
"We are finding that construction is really expensive these days, playgrounds are expensive. To those of us in the landscape architecture building business, that's not a secret. So I think we're still raising more money and we hope to have the fundraising done by sometime next summer," says Manning.
You can click here if you would like to learn more about Stewart Park's Make a Splash campaign and their goals for 2021.