ANOKA, MN – The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) Legacy Fund today awarded Anoka County Community Health & Environmental Services with a $50,000 grant to modify the surface area at a popular playground so kids of all abilities can more easily use the space. The grant is part of the 52 Weeks of Giving campaign, a year-long effort to make Super Bowl LII a statewide event by awarding 52 communities with grants that will help improve the health and wellness of young people in Minnesota.
The MNSBHC Legacy Fund grant will be used to install a rubberized, unitary surface and special playground equipment at George Enloe Park in Anoka that makes utilizing the space much easier for children who have disabilities. The new surface at George Enloe Park is considered the most accessible for people with disabilities.
Today the MNSBHC and Anoka County held an event to celebrate the grant. Local children were invited to break ground for the playground at George Enloe Park; they also participated in relays, Frisbee throws, and other activities in which children of all abilities could partake.
“This park is a popular play destination not only in Anoka, but for children and families in surrounding communities,” said Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, chair, Anoka County Board. “Rubberized, unitary surfacing at public parks is rare, because it can double the cost of equipment installation. The Legacy Fund grant will help make this play space inclusive for all children so they can get outside and be active, which is so crucial to long-term health and development.”
George Enloe Park is in a school neighborhood where 55 percent of students are eligible for free and reduced lunch; it’s a popular destination for families in the community. The project to update the playground is a collaboration between the Anoka County Community Health & Environmental Services Department, the City of Anoka, and the Anoka Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
“The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee is pleased to partner with the city and county on this project as part of our 52 Weeks of Giving campaign,” said Dana Nelson, Vice President of Legacy and Community Partnerships for the MNSBHC Legacy Fund. “These playground upgrades will make this park a safe place where kids of all abilities can play and interact with one another. This project is so important to ensuring children in Minnesota establish healthy life habits at a young age.”
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