YORK – A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Saturday April 9 for the Peyton Parker Lane playground at its future location in Mincks Park.
Many attended the event, despite the cool and windy conditions – as it was a much anticipated moment after two years of planning and fundraising.
Eric Crouch addressed the crowd as his company will oversee construction, which is expected to begin in May. He told committee members, donors and city officials that this was the largest playground project he had done to date and that he had been in the business for 18 years. .
“It’s not just another project,” Crouch said. “It touched our business and it touched my heart. It will be a destination. I think people are going to come from out of state to visit this playground.”
This project will result in the largest all-inclusive playground in Nebraska. Every inch, every gaming feature will be easily accessible to everyone, regardless of physical ability.
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The dream began in March 2020 when a group of local parents and interested people came together to pursue such an endeavor. The project was named in memory of Peyton and Parker Hoffman and Lane McDaniel – all three touched many people in their short lives, despite their physical challenges.
In just 16 months, $1 million has been raised – mostly through local donations – and the equipment was ordered late last year.
Crouch said he hopes to have a grand opening of the playground again this summer – but is not making any promises due to all the early design innovation, supply and transportation issues, etc.
The very large all-inclusive playground will be located north of the Family Aquatic Center.