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(Updated 10:30 a.m., May 1)
Miracle League receives funding for fully accessible playground

By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star

Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde is joined by Miracle League of Ottawa chair Michael Abraham (right) in presenting a Trillium Foundation plaque to the Desrochers family. Fred Sherwin/Photo

Construction will soon begin on a fully accessible playground for children with mobility issues at the Miracle League of Ottawa Park on Navan Road.

The playground is being made possible thanks to a pair of grants at the provincial and federal levels totalling $200,000.

The first grant of $50,000 comes from the Enabling Accessibility Fund which was created by the federal government to provide funding for capital projects that increase accessibility for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and workplaces.

A second grant of $150,000 is being provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. The playgound will complement the fully-accessible baseball diamond and clubhouse that were opened last spring.

Bryce Derochers, provided the inspiration and is the driving force behind both projects. He is understandably thrilled with the news that construction will soon proceed on the playground.

"Thanks to this money my friends and I will have a safe, fully accessible place for us to play and it means a lot," says Derochers.

Ottawa-Orléans MPP Marie-France Lalonde dropped by the park on April 28 to announce the Trillium Foundation grant in person.

"The work of the Miracle League of Ottawa is inspiring and addresses community needs in a significant way. Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our government is able to support projects that make a difference in people's lives and enrich our communities," Lalonde said.

Her words of support were echoed by Orléans MP Andrew Leslie, who was also on hand for the dual announcements.

““Since its inception, the Miracle League of Ottawa has been an inspirational addition to the riding of Orléans. I am proud that the Government of Canada has supported this life-enriching organization through the Enabling Accessibility Fund. The project will give kids with unique challenges a chance to play, be with friends and make memories together," said Leslie.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)

 

 

   
   

 




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