On Wednesday I attended the groundbreaking ceremony for Adam’s Project Universal Design Playground at Freedom Ridge Park. The playground provides an area for play that allows accessibility and opportunity for full participation for the physically challenged and disabled. Adam’s Project made this possible through fundraising, spreading awareness and the motivation to provide a playground for those with special needs. And I heard about the project right after I moved to Ridgeland in 2010.
So many individuals, organizations and businesses have contributed to the project, inspired by Ridgeland resident Adam Malone who suffers from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. His father, Drew Malone created Adam’s Project to meet a need in the community, a place to play for people like his son Adam. “We are so thankful for the support we have seen from the Mayor and Board of Aldermen on this project,” Malone said in a press release by the city. “With the construction of the playground we hope to bring people of all abilities together to help end discrimination based upon a disability.”
Adam’s Project will continue efforts to raise money for research in hopes of finding a cure of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Chris Chance, director of Recreation and Parks in the city of Ridgeland said, “We are excited about the construction of the Universal Design Playground at Freedom Ridge Park, and believe it will be a unique facility that will serve all populations and ages.”
Fundraising and a federal Community Development Block Grant enabled the city to move forward with the project. Construction is expected to be complete in November this year.