Jefferson dedicates new handicap accessible playground

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:17

    JEFFERSON-On Saturday morning, Oct. 9, with bright primary colored playground equipment in the background, Jefferson Township Recreation Director Grace C. Rhinesmith welcomed everyone gathered at Camp Jefferson to the dedication of a new state-of-the-art and handicap accessible playground. Rhinesmith thanked the township council and administration for their continuous support in the process of building this playground and for recreation in general in Jefferson Township. Rhinesmith also welcomed Anthony and Ryan Tumminello and Tammy Kepler to the dedication. The five-year-old twin brothers attended the Camp Jefferson Summer Day Camp Program, and Tammy is a resident at Weigand Farms in Oak Ridge. Anthony, who is blind, had a direct part in planning this playground and often offered his insightful ideas to Rhinesmith and other staff members during summer camp sessions. The concept for the Camp Jefferson playground had come about over a year ago, and a proposal had been drawn up by Ben Shaffer & Associates of Lake Hopatcong. When Rhinesmith made a presentation before the Council, they asked her to go back to the drawing board and redesign the plans with the handicapped and summer day camp attendees in mind, knowing that the end result would be more expensive. The architects came back with a design plan that would not only be accessible but inclusive regardless of a child's abilities or disabilities. The new has a special section for children 2 to 5 years of age and another section for children 5-12 years of age. Each section offers handicap accessible ramps for play as well as a special wheelchair swing.