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Friday, September 25, 2015

Grant allows for Fraser park to be place of fun for all kids, including those with disabilities

For information on the Oct. 5 opening day, call Anna Cameron (586) 294-4847

By JERRY WOLFFE

A $300,000 grant from the state is being used to turn a Fraser park into one that is accessible to all children, including those with disabilities, a member of the Fraser First Booster Club says.

"The park will not be exclusive to youngsters with disabilities because all kids will be encouraged to play there, too," said Anna Cameron, 75 and vice president of the booster club, of McKinley Park.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at the park at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, with local dignitaries such as Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, said Cameron.

The park will include a pavilion with space for 10 picnic tables, a labyrinth, gardens, a mile-long asphalt-covered walking path, an airplane, fire engine and police car, she said.

There's also an accessible bathroom and a parking lot with a turnaround area large enough to accommodate a bus.

The park is located at 31470 Grove Street in Fraser, north of 13 Mile Road.

Jerry Wolffe is the writer-in-residence and advocate-at-large at the Macomb-Oakland Regional Center. He can be reached at 586 263-8950.