LIMA — On Friday afternoon, ground was broken on a new All Ability Playground, which will officially be known as Marimor Legacy Park, on the campus of the Marimor School on Ada Road.
The project has been in the works for several years, with the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities raising $1.4 million since 2018.
Ohio Speaker of the House Bob Cupp, who played a pivotal role in generating state funding for the project, gave remarks at the groundbreaking ceremony.
“It’s really important to the quality of life for those of all abilities to experience the joys of a playground,” Cupp said. “As a father and a grandfather, I very clearly remember taking my children, or more recently my grandchildren to the playgrounds. Whether it was the school or the public park, how much fun and enjoyment that was and the memories that were created, and that’s what is going to happen here today.”
The playground will feature playground equipment accessible to kids of all abilities, as well as picnic tables, a butterfly garden, and a walkway connection to Ottawa Metro Park and the Rotary Walk.
For Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities Superintendent Theresa Schnipke, the groundbreaking is a validation of years of hard work and community support.
“People were so willing to get behind the idea that I had and run with it from there, and we are so grateful for so many donors,” she said. “It has taken time, but not an extreme effort. People really want to get behind this.”
Construction on Marimor Legacy Park is expected to be completed in August or September of 2021.