City of Wayne to Host Dedication Ceremony for Play 4 All Boundless Park, Sept. 17

Wayne, MI, September 12, 2008 --( The City of Wayne will host a dedication ceremony for its new Play 4 All Boundless Park at Soroptimist Park at 6 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 17.

Located off John St., just west of Wayne Rd, this park is just the fourth of its kind in metropolitan Detroit. It features a universally-accessible playscape that accommodates every type of mobility, including wheelchairs, walkers and canes.

Several local dignitaries are expected to be at the ceremony, including Wayne County Executive Robert A. Ficano, City of Wayne Mayor Abdul “Al” Haidous, Wayne County Commissioner Kevin McNamara and Boundless Playgrounds Founder Amy Jaffe Barzach.

“This playground will be filled with activities to interest and delight every child,” said Wayne Director of Parks and Recreation Kim Alexander. “It also exceeds all ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accessibility guidelines, which means that all children, regardless of their ability, will be able to do more here than simply access the playground. They can interact with one another and play side-by-side with their peers.”

Currently, there are less than 125 Boundless Playgrounds in the United States. The Play 4 All project was built with support from the National Center of Boundless Playgrounds®. The organization is the first national non-profit foundation dedicated to helping communities create barrier-free playgrounds that allow children with and without disabilities to learn essential skills for life as they play together.

The Soroptomist Park Play 4 All was made possible through grants totaling $305,000 from a variety of sources, including the Wayne County Park Millage; the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan; and CVS Caremark Corporation. Additional money also was raised through the combined efforts of the City of Wayne and CVS, whose employees donated an additional $54,000.

Last June, more than 300 volunteers from the community came together to contribute their time and efforts in transforming this formerly rundown playground into this universally-accessible playscape.

Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan
Mike Ingberg
Theresa Fraley
(313) 961-6675