An­gel Park cel­e­brates one year an­niver­sary

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On Satur­day, July 8, An­gel Park will cel­e­brate the one year an­niver­sary of its com­mu­nity build­ing event. Last year, over 4,000 helped out with all as­pects of the park’s con­struc­tion, in­clud­ing plan­ning and vol­un­teer man­age­ment, park con­struc­tion, child­care, food ser­vice, and art projects.

The event will kick off at 4 p.m. with per­for­mances by The Mov­ing Co. and Catholic High Dance Troupes fol­lowed by mu­sic by Mar­shall Law from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. There will also be free kids ac­tiv­i­ties and food and drinks for sale. Lawn chairs and blan­kets are wel­come but pets and al­co­hol are not per­mit­ted.

An­gel Park is the County’s largest all-in­clu­sive play­ground specif­i­cally de­signed to ac­com­mo­date chil­dren with spe­cial needs by elim­i­nat­ing phys­i­cal and so­cial

bar­ri­ers to in­clu­sion. The play­ground de­sign was de­vel­oped with in­put from 4,500 pre-K through fifth graders from the Perry Hall area. The play­ground con­struc­tion was com­pleted al­most en­tirely by the Perry Hall Recre­ation Coun­cil’s com­mu­nity vol­un­teers on County-owned land leased to the park and to be turned back over to the County for con­tin­u­ing main­te­nance.

This unique project was con­ceived and ma­jor­ity-funded by the com­mu­nity through pri­vate do­na­tions and fundrais­ing. Kelli and Andy Szczy­bor were in­spired to cre­ate An- gel Park in mem­ory of their son Ryan, who died as a baby. The Szczy­bor fam­ily par­tic­i­pated in the con­struc­tion of An­nie’s Play­ground in Har­ford County and found that to be a heal­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that they wanted to em­u­late for the Perry Hall com­mu­nity.

The play­ground in­cludes a wheelchairac­ces­si­ble “shaky bridge,” a Braille panel, ther­a­peu­tic swings, 30-foot ac­ces­si­ble zip lines, as well as quiet spa­ces for chil­dren with autism and other con­di­tions. The sto­ry­book theme fea­tures a fire truck, pi­rate ship, cas­tle, tree house and mu­sic sta­tions. Lo­cal el­e­ments in­clude a seafood store, a Terps tur­tle, a Po­lice sta­tion, an ice cream shop and more.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the An­gel Park web­site at www.an­gel-park.org

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF AN­GEL PARK

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