BY MELANIE YOUNG
A project near and dear to Woodhaven Mayor Patricia Odette’s heart was approved at the Aug. 3 Woodhaven City Council meeting. A few years ago, Odette recalled how she was in the city’s playground at Civic Center Park and saw a young girl with different abilities just watching the other kids playing because she couldn’t use the equipment.
“It broke my heart,” she said. “I never wanted to see that again.”
The process of building a playground that is appropriate for kids of all ages and abilities was set in motion. The playground will be located right next to the existing playground at Civic Center Park with the current fencing extending to include the new area.
The project will occur in two phases. The cost of Phase 1 was approximately $150,000, with most of the funds coming from the city’s Community Development Block Grant fund. Odette is currently working with grant writers seeking grants for the second phase. [Read more…]