Angel Park celebrates one year anniversary
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