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Junior League of Parkersburg installs plaque to honor park benefactor

Jane Burdette of the Junior League of Parkersburg, the most recent chairman of the Junior League’s Pathways Playground project at City Park, poses next to the marker at the playground. The playground is accessible to all children. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Junior League of Parkersburg has installed a plaque honoring a major benefactor at its City Park Pathways Playground project that is nearing completion.

The plaque at the gazebo honors Mary M. “Mickey” Welch, a supporter of the playground and other projects in the community. The playground is accessible to all children.

The gazebo, built in Welch’s memory, is known as Mickey’s Shady Rest. Welch died Aug. 27, 2019.

A marker at the playground is engraved with “Created by the Junior League of Parkersburg to be an inclusive playground accessible to all children in the community. We recognize the need for recreational opportunity for children to interact with siblings and their peers. This barrier-free playground will allow ALL children access while learning and developing through play.”

The Junior League also is selling the remainder of the brick pavers to finance the project. The bricks, which can be engraved, are available until Sept. 15, Jane Burdette, the most recent project chairman, said.

A marker at the Junior League of Parkersburg’s Pathways Playground is engraved with the purpose of the all-accessible play area. (Photo Provided)

Pavers are $50 each and can be engraved with up to three lines with 12 spaces for each line. To purchase a brick, send a check for the number of bricks to: Junior League of Parkersburg, 2500 Brooklyn Drive, Parkersburg WV 26101.

The playground, located near the pavilion and former snack shop, which now is a police department substation, was constructed in phases. The first phase addressed toddlers, the second phase involved the construction of the gazebo, wheelchair swing, benches and accessible equipment and the third and last phase included a wheelchair monkey bar and equipment for upper-body building.

This plaque has been installed on the gazebo at the Junior League of Parkersburg’s Pathways Playground at City Park in honor of Mary M. “Mickey” Welch, a benefactor. The gazebo is known as Mickey’s Shady Rest. (Photo Provided)

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