|Story & photo by Rob Schuette, Public Affairs Staff
New handicapped-accessible playground equipment at the Pine View
Recreation Area may have been a long time in the works, but it will
provide excellent opportunities for youth in the Fort McCoy community
and visitors to Pine View, said Becky Wapp Sawyer.
Employees from the Miracle
Playground Equipment Company of Hastings, Minn., set up new
handicapped-accessible playground equipment at Pine View
Sawyer, Army Community Service director, said the project had been
identified three years ago. The funding was provided by the Exceptional
Family Member program.
Originally, the playground equipment was slated to be installed at South
Post to support the new housing, but funding didn’t arrive in time so
they went ahead with other playground equipment options, Sawyer said.
The Miracle Playground Equipment Company of Hastings, Minn., installed
the handicapped-accessible equipment at Pine View in early November.
The set-up includes color-coded, age-specific activities that cater to
the needs of youth in the age groups of 0-2, 2-5 and 5-12, she said.
The complex will include rubber matting with the Army Family Covenant
Logo interwoven in the material, she said.
Playground equipment includes the traditional fare to climb, swing and
slide on, as well as some unusual items, such as simulated musical
instruments, bus simulations, climbing jeep, and other items, she said.
Having the handicapped-accessible playground at Pine View will support
field trips by the Child, Youth & School Services program, as well as
support community and public use of the Pine View facility.
Sawyer said it is too late in the year to open the playground for use,
although unexpected nice weather in early November helped move the
project along toward completion.
A grand-opening ceremony will be set for the spring 2011 time frame,
when the weather will be more favorable to use the equipment, she said.