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Scott Co. special needs playground $79,000 short

9:15 PM, Feb 24, 2013   |    comments
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A Scott County group is halfway to its fundraising goal to build a special needs playground at Oneida City Park.

Amy Martin formed the group "Play With No Boundaries" almost three years ago.

It started because she wanted her son, Joseph, who lives with developmental delays, to be able to play with his siblings at the playground.

"The other three kids always like coming to the park to play and when he started walking it was almost impossible to bring him because of the uneven surfaces," Martin said.

So far, they have raised about $87,000.  It will take $166,000 to build the playground.

The playground will replace the old volleyball court at Oneida City Park.

It will be enclosed with ramps, fully supported swings, and a rubber surface.

"Our county [Scott] has had double digit unemployment for several years. We lost our largest factory almost two years ago and last year our hospital shut down. So I think we've accomplished a lot. It's just going to take more than what we have," Martin said.

Martin is hopeful funds can be raised to complete the playground within the next year.

If you would like to help, more information can be found at www.playwithnoboundaries.org.

The group is also trying to get the attention of The Ellen DeGeneres Show.  Those links can be found on the Play With No Boundarie's Facebook page.

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