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Essay Winner for New Gig Harbor “Inclusive” Playground

September 29, 2011, Gig Harbor Wash; It was announced this week that the City Park Playground Committee, a local volunteer group, and the city of Gig Harbor were chosen as a regional runner-up of the Landscape Structures and Shane’s Inspiration Essay Contest. The prize includes $10,000 in inclusive playground equipment from Landscape Structures Inc., and $50,000 value in inclusive playground design, project development and comprehensive educational program services from Shane’s Inspiration.

The City Park Playground Committee wrote the winning “Together We Play” essay to become one of six regional winners out of 100 applicants. Here is an excerpt from the essay;

Our children are our inspiration. We are a group of mothers who have bonded together over the past 10 years – working hard to make our community a better place for our special needs children and for those to come in the future. In this case, we are members of the “Committee for an Inclusive Playground in the city of Gig Harbor.” Each of us has a unique story – traumatic and often sad – and our children have many different diagnoses including muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, autism, developmental delays, chromosome abnormalities and epilepsy. Yet, each family also has a typically developing child as well, and that has inspired us to create an inclusive playground”.

The City Park Playground Committee will be presenting their proposed direction for the project to the City Council on October 5th.

On October 31st at the downtown Gig Harbor Trick or Treat on Harborview event, the committee will be handing out child tattoos and be available to answer questions and provide information to parents about this project.

For more information, contact committee chair, Stephanie Payne at

Gig Harbor, Washington’s Maritime Village.