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Mar­shall is a co- spon­sor of NCLI, which has broad sup­port in both cham­bers of Congress. The House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives is ex­pected to have a floor vote on the leg­is­la­tion next week Mar­shall said.

While Mar­shall said he didn’t think any di­rect fund­ing from NCLI could go to construction of the park, which has an es­ti­mated price tag of $ 3.5 mil­lion, there might be some fund­ing avail­able for na­ture ed­u­ca­tion ac­tiv­i­ties at the park.

Chim­ney Park has been in the plan­ning stages for a year and half. When it is built, it will cover 30 acres of do­nated county land and in­clude a wheel chair ac­ces­si­ble, top- of- the- line tree house, a mini- am­phithe­ater and a large trail sys­tem.

“ Our goal is to give chil­dren and adults of all ages and abil­i­ties a place to re­con­nect with na­ture,” said Bar­bara Mor­gan, vice chair of Friends of New­ton Parks. “ Build­ing parks helps to hold back the tide of overde­vel­op­ment.

Kelly Hop­kins, whose large fam­ily in­cludes sev­eral chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties, tear­fully ad­dressed the crowd and told them how much it meant to her and her fam­ily that the com­mu­nity was com­ing to­gether to build an all- needs and abil­i­ties park.

“ The way the park’s go­ing to be set up, there will be places for us to go and en­joy our town,” she said.

Hop­kins also an­nounced a new fundrais­ing cam­paign - Pen­nies For the Park. The idea be­hind the fundraiser is that ev­ery lit­tle bit, even spare change, is needed to reach the fundrais­ing goal. Chil­dren will be col­lect­ing spare change in des­ig­nated Friends of New­ton Parks boxes. Large checks are, of course, ac­cepted as well.

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