BOPARC and WVU Medicine Announce Play for All Playground Project
BOPARC, in partnership with WVU Medicine, is pleased to announce the Play for All Playground Project. The Play for All project will help create more inclusive and accessible playgrounds throughout Morgantown's City Parks. “Many of BOPARC’s existing playgrounds are outdated and need upgraded. Over the past year, we have evaluated our play spaces and prioritized our playgrounds as an area of improvement”, said Melissa Burch, BOPARC Executive Director.
Building on their longstanding partnership, BOPARC and WVU Medicine recognize that all children regardless of socio-economic background, physical limitations, cognitive challenges, or sensory issues should have access to inclusive and diverse play spaces. The Play for All Playground Project is being launched to create awareness and support as BOPARC begins these costly updates and renovations to existing play spaces.
“WVU Medicine looks forward to continuing its longstanding partnership with BOPARC as part of the new Play for All Playground Project,” said Kevin Hamric, a representative of WVU Medicine. “We’ve supported the playground efforts at both Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park and Dorsey’s Knob, and believe the update to the playground in the Wiles Hill Neighborhood will be a great next step toward making local community spaces inclusive and accessible to all.”
Director Burch explains the need for the Play for All Playground Project. “BOPARC’s budget has historically not allowed for the significant expenditures involved in playground upgrades. Internally, we are pursuing grants and other funding sources to help offset the monetary support each space needs. We are hopeful that through the support of WVU Medicine, our long-standing partner in Healthy Living, other local businesses and residents will recognize the importance of inclusive and accessible play spaces and donate time, money or other valuable resources that will help transition our playgrounds into what we know will increase the quality of life of Morgantown residents and their families”.
BOPARC has chosen a small playground located in the Wiles Hill Neighborhood as the first space to undergo an update. Slated to start in Spring 2018 the project, divided into 2 phases, includes new play equipment and sensory mural (phase1) and a new fall-zone (phase 2). Fundraising efforts are ongoing and additional sponsorship opportunities are available.