Toni Droscher, State Parks, (360) 902-8604 Janet Farness, Friends of Lake Sammamish, (425) 577-3657
Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park spearheaded initiative, funding to develop all-access playground
OLYMPIA – Oct. 3, 2016 – The Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park (FLSSP) and the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invite the public to celebrate the grand opening of the park’s new all-access playground.
The first 50 children—ages 4 through 10—who arrive will be given souvenir scissors to help cut the ribbon. Radio personalities from Warm 106.9 FM, will be the masters of ceremony for the event. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of FLSSP in appreciation for the donor and community support.
The new playground is designed for children ages 2 to 12 years old and incorporates rubber surfacing throughout to accommodate accessibility for all, from strollers to wheelchairs.
The 10,000 square-foot playground features nine structures, including:
Construction on the playground began in June, and the majority of the work was completed in August.
Funding for the $1.1 million project came from several sources, including a Department of Commerce Local and Community Projects grant. Part of the Commerce grant-matching requirement was made possible by donations from and gathered by the Friends of Lake Sammamish State Park. The non-profit volunteer group raised $250,000 from individuals, corporations, foundations and local service clubs.
In-kind donations of gravel, topsoil, irrigation parts, surveying and engineering also helped move the project forward. Volunteers put in hundreds of hours assembling the playground equipment. In addition, volunteers will be adding the finishing touches with plantings in a rain garden and surrounding landscaping.
The grand opening event is free, but those arriving by car must have an annual $30 Discover Pass or a $10 day-use pass. (More information at www.discoverpass.wa.gov.) For more information about the event, contact Janet Farness, FLSSP, (425) 577-3657 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Lake Sammamish State Park, visit: http://parks.state.wa.us/533/Lake-Sammamish
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