East Palestine park renovated to be more accessible to all kids

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EAST PALESTINE, Ohio (WKBN) – The East Palestine City Park has been renovated. It’s now more accessible for children with wheelchairs or other mobility devices — and also offers play options for children of all abilities.

 It’s called the Rainbow Dreamland Playground.

The renovations were made possible thanks to the community coming together and raising $23,000.

There are two new swings designed for children with disabilities, and there’s an omni spinner that allows for an easy transfer from a mobility device and makes spinning fun for all children.  

There’s a metallophone, which is similar to a large xylophone.

Also a chain bridge and older balance board were removed to make the playground accessible to all children.

Village Manager Mark McTrustry says the only part of the project not complete is a new pathway into the playground from the community center parking lot. McTrustry says he believes the path will be completed by the end of October.

He says it’s great that children of all abilities can use the park now.

“During the pandemic, we ended up focusing on what was best for the community, what was safest for the community, but it was also a top-priority project. We wanted to make sure we’re providing access to kids of all abilities,” McTrusty said.

He says he appreciates people raising money to make the village a better place.

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