BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. (WBOY) — Friends of Bridgeport Recreation has announced plans for an inclusive playground to be built near the Bridge Sports Complex’s City Net Center.
The announcement of the playground’s official name was made at Medbrook’s annual golf outing on Monday. The playground will be known as the “Medbrook Children’s Charity Inclusive Playground.” The play place will have “no limits” and be available to children and families of all abilities, according to the announcement.
Bridgeport Mayor Andy Lang said the playground is meant to include the entire community and hopes it is used by people from across north central West Virginia.
“Let’s say you have an elderly adult that wants to come with their child and play, it’s set up for them too, to enjoy themselves and be able to get around the playground,” Lang said.
A video released by the Friends of Bridgeport Recreation shows five main sections of the playground:
- Inclusive Playground
- Inclusive Freestanding Play Area
- Inclusive Musical Play Area
- GT-Stadium Fitness
- Upper Freestanding Play Area
The playground comes as part of a larger initiative to add more amenities to The Bridge complex, including at least four more turf multi-purpose sports fields, and a small amphitheater in the middle of the facility.
The building campaign has already begun, but the Friends of Bridgeport Recreation’s playground committee is asking for help from the community to make the project happen. Those who are interested in donating more than $1,000 will have their names showcased near the playground entryway. There are four donation tiers:
- Friend of Play: $1,000-$9,999
- Builder of Play: $10,000-$24,999
- Champion of Play: $25,000-$49,999
- Founder of Play: $50,000 or more
Friends of Bridgeport Recreation is looking to raise $1 million for the playground, with $250,000 already donated by the city of Bridgeport, and a further $150,000 donated by the Medbrook Children’s Charity.
Anyone who makes donations less than $1,000 will be a Supporter of Play and, according to the donation form, will still be recognized, just not on the donor wall.
To see more photos and read more about the project, visit the Friends of Bridgeport Recreation website.