|Groundbreaking for playground scheduled Tuesday
February 21, 2005 - Mayor Bill Haslam will
host a celebration at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 22 to mark the beginning
of construction for the Ashley Nicole Dream Playground, the City of
Knoxville's first universally accessible playground.
The playground will be located at Caswell Park, across Winona Street
from the ballpark, and is designed to be a place where children with
and without disabilities will enjoy playing together.
The Mayor will present a $100,000 check to Ashley Nicole Manes, who
suffered injuries in a 1999 automobile accident that left her paralyzed,
and her family. The story of Ashley being unable to join her younger
sister, Allison, on the playground inspired the need for a fully accessible
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|Family and friends, working under the auspices
of the Disability Resource Center, initiated the drive for the project,
soliciting the support of the City of Knoxville, creating its design
and raising some $90,000 in private donations.
Children from five East Tennessee counties offered ideas for the playground,
which will include a special rubberized surface rather than mulch
"This playground will serve as a place for parents and children to
play and learn together no matter their disabilities," Mayor Haslam
said. "I'm proud that the City partnered with this community-based
effort to create this special place."
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