Ground Broken For $300K Accessible Playground In Walkerville

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Architect's drawing of Harmony in Action accessible playground (image via Playworld)

Harmony In Action is getting a new, $300,000 outdoor accessible playground.

The south Walkerville centre offers a day program for adults with a range of developmental and physical challenges. The outdoor facility is being made possible by a wide range of donors from Alan Quesnel, to the Rotary Club and the federal government.

Executive Director Elizabeth Esposito says this facility will improve the lives of their participants.

"The benefit is they'll be able to be part of a regular community they won't be isolated," says Esposito. "They will be able to experience the same sort of outside activity able bodied individuals are able to experience."

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Harmony in Action Executive Director Elizabeth Esposito (photo by AM800's Peter Langille)

Larry Tesarski has a daughter who has been coming to Harmony in Action for 28 years and he's overjoyed.

"This is fantastic," says Tesarki  "You don't know how much or how important it is for the participants to have a playground and exercise room.  They don't normally get a lot of exercise we do have a bit of a program inside but this one outside will make a big difference to them."

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Harmony in Action, October 6, 2016 (Photo by AM800's Zander Broeckel)

Anita Riccio Spagnuolo says the gifts to the project came from a wide variety of sources.

"I was very fortunate to get a large donation from Alan Quesnel, then donations afther that we were just very fortunate Caesars Care came through, then the Stephanie and Barry Zekelman Foundation and the Rotary Club of Windsor, Cogeco," says Riccio Spagnulo.

The facility includes exercise stations, a large boat-like rocking place that can accomodate wheelchairs, a device called the Nero 360 which has musical instruments, additional swings and a slide.