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Lepanto residents working for handicap accessible playground

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LEPANTO, AR (KAIT) -

Several Lepanto firefighters' wives and members of the park commission want to add an exciting edition to the town's sports complex.

The Lepanto Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary is raising money to install a handicap accessible playground at the complex.

Amy Hill, an auxiliary member, said the gated playground would sit by the walking track, next to the baseball fields.

“There’s a wheelchair ramp that goes into the playground for handicap children,” Hill said. “There are two swings you can strap a handicapped child into. There’s also a big play set that has three or four different swings, slides, bridges and things for them to climb on.”

One piece of equipment, described as a merry-go-round, can hold wheelchairs on it for safety and comfort.

Although it is designed for handicap accessibility, all children will be able to use the playground.

“It can be used for any sized child,” Hill said. “We have toddler swings too. They make the handicap equipment look where it doesn’t look handicap, so the children that do need to use it don’t feel so bad about having to use the equipment.”

The group of 10 women saw a need in the community and ran with it.

“We have no place here for our children to go play,” Hill said. “There is a park, but it only has a couple of swings and some basketball goals. We wanted to have something where all of our children could come play. The parents could walk on the track, and the children would be safe.”

Hill said the complex is the safest place for children to play.

“It’s off the highway,” Hill said. “To get in and out of here you would have to go through the main entrance to the ballpark.”

The women are reaching out to the community for help to fund the $86,000 project.

Anyone who wants to donate can contact Hill at 870-375-0799 or Casey Henderson at 870-974-0333.

They hope to have the project completed by summer 2017.  

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