Leesburg celebrates installation of wheelchair swing at Kids Korner

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For immediate release:  January 31, 2020
Contact:  Office of the City Manager
                 352-728-9786 x. 1100
                 citymanager@leesburgflorida.gov

Leesburg celebrates installation of wheelchair swing at Kids Korner

     LEESBURG, Fla – The City of Leesburg will host a ribbon cutting ceremony for a wheelchair accessible swing at Kids Korner on Monday, February 3, 2020 at 3:00pm. Kids Korner is located in Rogers Park at 910 S. 9th Street.

     The swing was presented to the city as a gift from the community.  It was purchased through a fundraising effort spearheaded by local business owner Mark Stapleton. Contributions ranged from a few dollars to a significant donation from Bill Bryan Chrysler Dodge Jeep.

     Kids Korner was renovated and reopened in 2016 during Phase I of the Venetian Gardens Master Plan. A committee comprised of city staff and community members ensured that the playground was designed to be accessible for all children, including those with special needs. Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) features in the park include a sensory garden, merry-go-all, zero-g swings and arch swing. All equipment was constructed pursuant to ADA specifications and recommendations. 

     “This new piece certainly adds to the playground’s inclusivity,” said City Manager Al Minner. “We are appreciative of Mr. Stapleton and the community for giving the swing to the city.”

     A plaque recognizing Stapleton and Bill Bryan Chrysler Dodge Jeep, along with the community, is in the design process and will be installed in the next few weeks.

     For more information, contact the City of Leesburg Recreation Department at (352) 728-9885.

Leesburg is a progressive city of more than 23,000 residents in northwest Lake County. The city government serves twice as many people with its electric, gas, water and wastewater public utilities. Leesburg also is a central hub for commerce, attracting 50,000 people to work each weekday. For more information, visit www.leesburgflorida.gov.

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