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Soroptimists donate adaptive swings to Marysville parks

Stage Atkins, center, is joined by his mother, Jessie, and members of the Marysville Soroptimists at the recently installed adaptive swings at Jennings Memorial Park. - Courtesy Photo
Stage Atkins, center, is joined by his mother, Jessie, and members of the Marysville Soroptimists at the recently installed adaptive swings at Jennings Memorial Park.
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MARYSVILLE — Marysville Parks maintenance crews recently installed adaptive swings in playgrounds at two of the city’s busiest parks that will make them far easier for children with disabilities to use.

Thanks to an $1,800 donation from Soroptimist International of Marysville and the hard work of Marysville resident Jessie Atkins, Atkins’ 5-year-old son Stage and other parents with young children with disabilities will have a place to swing with a smile, park officials said.

A dedication ceremony attended by Soroptimist members, Atkins and son, and park officials was held on Aug. 11 in Jennings Memorial Park, at 6915 Armar Road. The second adaptive swing is located in Comeford Park, at 514 Delta Ave.

The swings are designed to provide support for children with disabilities who sometimes have trouble with the bucket and strap seats on conventional swing sets, said Jim Ballew, Parks and Recreation Director. The seats are designed to accommodate youth up to 80 pounds.

The remaining portion of the donation went to the Ken Baxter Community Center to provide free Wi-Fi connections to visitors to the Center.

 

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