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Wrightsville Beach park applies for handicap-accessible playground

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Wrightsville Beach town officials are seeking funding for handicap-accessible playground equipment for Wrightsville Beach Park through a grant from a regional healthcare organization.

During a Sept. 28 meeting, the Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen authorized the parks and recreation advisory committee to apply for the Trillium Health Resources Play Together Construction Grant. The grant would entirely fund the new equipment, requiring no money from the town, so board members didn’t see any downside.

Municipalities in 24 counties in the region are listed as eligible to apply for the grant.

“I’m sure there are a lot of other communities applying for it,” parks and recreation program supervisor Katie Ryan said Sept. 29, adding that although the department just became aware of the grant last week, she and others have assembled materials to strengthen the town’s application.

Those materials include letters of support from the Harbor Island Garden Club, Wrightsville Beach Elementary School and the Wrightsville Beach Chamber of Commerce.

The grant is scheduled to be awarded Oct. 31.  If the town is the recipient, a representative from Trillium Health Resources will visit the playground to determine what equipment can fit in the available space. The only required piece of equipment is a wheelchair-accessible swing called the Liberty Swing.

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