Foundation trying to bring new playground equipment

Nicole Minier

CHURUBUSCO — A small group of people have come together to see through a vision for Churubusco’s Town Park — and they want you to be a part of it, too.

Miles Wilson, his wife Tarah and town clerk-Treasurer Madalyn Sade-Bartl, are heading a project to bring a new, $250,000 playset to the town.

The structure would replace the worn, potentially unsafe playground equipment at the park with a new, ADA compliant playset.

“We have a gem of a park. We don’t want to change it, we just want to polish it,” Wilson said. “We want to make improvements to better it for our community and our kids.”

The goal is to do that without funding the whole project with local tax dollars.

Wilson began the Churubusco Youth Foundation as a vehicle to raise funds for the structure, and is calling on the community to support the project.

Sade-Barth said some of the project funds may be provided by the town, but the Youth Foundation is looking to the community for support.

The goal is to have the new playset in place by next fall, as time frames for grant money are limited and will expire by the end of 2017.

Plans for the park include regular swings, handicapped swings and an expression swing, which allows parents and children to swing together, face-to-face. There will also be “transfer stations” for those who are wheelchair-bound, and activities for autistic children. The ground will have 12-to-18-inch-thick rubberized material, that is spongy for clumsy children, but sturdy enough for a wheelchair.

Sade-Bartl, who now has children of her own, said the current equipment is the same playset she played on as a child.

“It’s worn, weathered and has served its purpose,” Wilson said. “Not it’s time for something new. We could do great things with little effort from our community.”

The Youth Foundation will be looking toward the schools for potential fun fundraisers, as well as receiving childrens’ input on the design of the playset.

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