WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) – The City of Wilmington is seeking public input on plans for an inclusive playground at Maides Park.
City officials are applying for an Accessibility for Parks (AFP) grant for the installation of the inclusive playground.
“If awarded, the grant funds would be used in combination with existing city budgeted funds for a new playground at this location,” a City of Wilmington news release states. “The proposed project would also include accessible walkway connections to the playground. An inclusive playground will make it easier for children, adults, and veterans with disabilities to navigate the park, thus serving the entire community, regardless of age and ability.”
The city is holding a public drop-in meeting from 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, at the Davis Center at Maides Park, located at 1101 Manly Avenue.
“Public input will also help determine the grant amount for which the city will apply,” the news release states. “The city can apply for a grant up to $500,000, in which case the city would have to provide a $100,000 match.”
Grant Application Timeline:
Aug. 11, 2022: Public input meeting
Sept. 15, 2022: Application Review Deadline – The city will submit the draft application for a technical review.
Nov. 1, 2022: Application Deadline
Spring 2023: The Parks and Recreation Authority meets to select grant recipients.
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