Bright Spot Inclusive Playground nears completion

 

The Bright Spot Inclusive Playground is getting closer to completion.

According to Culpeper County Parks and Rec director John Barrett, the playground equipment has been ordered for the inclusive playground at the Culpeper Sports Complex.

“We’re looking at the first two weeks of November for excavation,” Barrett said.

The Bright Spot broke ground March 11 and is slated to be finished in the fall. It will provide a swings for children with differing abilities while also providing regular playground equipment at the Culpeper County Sports Complex.

BF Weiss and Son will be providing the excavation as an in-kind donation and Barrett expects that portion of the project will be finished in December, if the weather holds. The playground equipment ended up costing $300,617.81, but more money needs to be raised for the second portion of the project – handicap accessible parking.

“Parents with children with disabilities, they already have barriers they have to put up with constantly,” Barrett said. “What we’re looking at here, is that we’d like to put support parking in so those barriers are decreased.”

The playground is located near parking for the baseball fields at the complex, but there is limited handicap spaces available. Another lot will be built along the side of the playground, that will add four handicap accessible spaces and three general parking spaces.

“We didn’t want to take parking spaces away from baseball,” Barrett said. “Putting this parking over here, tells the public that it’s for this particular piece of equipment.”

The parking project will cost approximately $35,000 and another $7,000 is budgeted for fencing for the park – putting the final cost close to the original budget of $350,000. Barrett said Parks and Rec still has approximately $42,900 left to raise for the project.

“We’ve already raised funds for the this (the playground equipment), but we’re still in the fundraising stage for parking,” Barrett said.

Some of the key contributors to the playground include the County of Culpeper ($110,000 from the Capital Improvement Plan), the Culpeper Recreation Foundation ($60,000), the PATH Foundation ($50,000), the Robert and Maureen Sievers Family Charitable Gift Fund ($31,000) and the Culpeper Wellness Foundation ($10,000) along with multiple smaller donations.

Barrett said additional fundraisers are in the works for the playground.

For more information about how to donate to help the Bright Spot, contact Barrett at jbarrett@culpepercounty.gov.

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