“Swing of Faith” planning improvements at Upland Park

“Swing of Faith” planning improvements at Upland Park

Published August 30, 2013
SEG-way News |  Vol 5 No 35

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Swing installed in local park

The improvements were approved by the Upland Town council last month when Bob Michael, a former Upland resident and Nichole Hayden, of Hartford City, met with the board to offer the fully-funded improvements.  The council agreed to install a concrete pad for wheelchair access to the new equipment.

“Swing of Faith” was organized in April after Michael realized that $5000 could fund a wheelchair swing to be installed at the Gas City Park.  A registered nurse, Michael has worked with handicapped children for many years at Vernon Manor and other facilities and had concerns over the lack of playground opportunities for kids with limitations.  With the approval of the Gas City park board, a motorcycle run fundraiser was scheduled and a carnival was held to raise money for the device.  Donations started to come in from individuals and businesses, and a grant was received from the Community Foundation of Grant County.

With the Gas City project complete, the group committed to a project next year in Hartford City.  But traveling around the area and looking at parks, with funds available, Michael and Hayden agreed to put Upland on the schedule.

The group also has recently committed to installing new handicapped swings at Northview and Westview Schools in Gas City, and Frances Slocum School in Marion.

{A benefit was held} at the AMVETS in Royerton that will help fund the construction in the park in Hartford City next spring.

In Upland, experienced crews will be working on repairs and replacements.

The group is planning a volunteer day and picnic in October when folks can come with paintbrushes and help finish the project.

Also, during the picnic and workday, a drawing will be held.  “Swing of Faith” will be giving away two bicycles, a PlayStation 3, and other prizes in a free drawing for children.

The organizers, Bob Michael, Nichole Hayden and John Hayden, along with the volunteer crew members, hope the community involvement will help deter damage and vandalism in the park.

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