Marion is home to many parks, which invite families to spend time outdoors. The most recently built, fully accessible park is located along McKinley Drive near OhioHealth Marion General Hospital.
Did you know that less than half of Ohio’s 88 counties have a playground that is inclusive for all kids of all abilities? We are now proud to say that through amazing collaborations and generous financial support from community members, Marion, Ohio can now be added to this list.
“Project Playground” at McKinley Park was removed in 2021 after falling into disrepair. Built in 1993, with over 100 community members participating in the build, it was truly a gem of the community. Believing in the need for recreational play spaces to continue in our community, a non-profit group, The Marion PEP Club (Parks Enhancement Project), began a crusade to bring an all-inclusive, all ability playground back to McKinley Park.
The newly constructed Marion Rotary Centennial Playground was gifted to the community on November 16, 2021.
The equipment was chosen to encourage those of ALL-ABILITIES to enjoy the over 6,000 sq ft play space. This includes a poured in place rubber surfacing, wheelchair accessible pieces, adaptive swings, sensory systems, spinning chairs, spring cars and two age-appropriate play structures for ages ranging from 2-12. The area includes 12 benches inside the fenced curbed space and will soon boast four, 25-foot LED light poles to allow for longer playtime throughout the seasons. The entranceway and donor board are scheduled for completion by June 2022.
We invite you to visit McKinley Park and its playground, created for those of ALL-ABILITIES. Come make some memories. We think you’ll feel right at home in Marion, Ohio!
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