Anonymous Donor Gives $400,000 to a Playground for All in Canandaigua

An anonymous donor contributed $400,000 to the Inclusion in Motion All Ability Playground in the city of Canandaigua.

Relevant parties learned of the donation on Tuesday, March 29, according to daily messenger. The donation brings the project team about $150,000 short of its fundraising goal of $1.5 million. The donation of 400,000 is the highest amount received for the project to date. Groups such as the Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua, the City of Canandaigua, Wegmans and several other individuals and businesses had joined the cause through previous donations.

Design work for the playground project began in October 2017, plans were presented to the city in 2018, and the court opened in 2021. The playground is located across from the city’s Outhouse Park.

Plans include wheelchair-accessible swings, six slides, a carousel, three zipped cruise bays, a 20,000-square-foot rubber pad, and quiet spaces for kids. The playground is expected to open later this spring, with an official official opening date expected to be announced early this month.

Learn more about the project by visiting Inclusion in Motion website.

In May of last year, Inclusion in Motion co-founder Michael Bentley was at FingerLakes1.com studios to talk about the first of its kind in the national playground as a guest on FLX Weekly. Watch the full conversation below.


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Harold B. McConnell