I was invited to attend the dedication of Northfield’s accessible playground yesterday….what a great event it was. Ellen and I joined many other people from the community to officially open this playground on the east side of town.

We ran into several city council members, including Dixon Bond and Arnie Nelson, shown here with Ellen.

Arnie and I, being involved in the construction industry for decades, were both impressed with the soft, rubber base under much of the equipment. It is firm enough to walk or wheel on, but is soft enough to cushion a fall.

Mayor Lee Lansing spoke to the crowd about the way this accessible park started as an idea from a few individuals, but turned into a collaborative effort between service clubs, hundreds of area residents, and city staff.

The ribbon was cut and the park was officially opened for everyone to use.

It truly was wonderful to see special needs children present and know that they could indeed use the playground on their own. One mother spoke about how difficult it was to take her two boys to a city playground, and to have her handicapped child only be able to watch the children play. Now, with this beautiful new accessible park, that child can participate in activities with all other children.