Residents can purchase bricks for accessible Parkersburg playground

PARKERSBURG — The Junior League of Parkersburg is in the final phase of its accessible playground project at Parkersburg City Park.

This is the last chance for residents to purchase engraved bricks to be included in a Pathway of Honor, according to Chairman Jane Burdette.

“The playground has been over 10 years in the making with an initial goal of a half million dollars,” Burdette said. “As funds were raised equipment was installed for the public use. Accessibility for all was the key focus for the project.”

The project includes a tots playground with ramps and a wheelchair swing for a child with severe disabilities is available, she said.

“It even has monkey bars for children with disabilities,” Burdette said. “There is exercise equipment for people with and without disabilities where they can join together playing while getting to know one another. Inclusion for all is of particular importance to the Junior League.”

A gazebo is being dedicated to the memory of Mickey Welch for her major support and will be known as Mickey’s Shady Rest, Burdette said.

Bricks may be purchased for $50 each and buyers may include three lines up to 12 spaces per line with a message, dedication or memory of their choosing. Checks may be written to the Junior League of Parkersburg, 2500 Brooklyn Drive, Parkersburg WV 26101 until Oct. 15.

The recently approved grant by the city of Parkersburg will complete the project. In the ongoing tradition of the Junior League, whenever a major project or program is undertaken it is then turned over to be self sustaining or managed by its own organization, Burdette said.

Another recent project researched, developed and now a freestanding agency is the Hope Recovery Manor. The Junior League is observing 95 years of service to the area.