On Saturday May 30 at 10:30 a.m. the public is invited to the grand opening of the Town’s new ADA-accessible playground, Pease Place. The grand opening will take place one year to the day after the groundbreaking ceremony.
Several food trucks will be on hand during the event, including Fred’s Ice Cream Truck, the Caseus Cheese Truck, Shoreline Prime Food Truck and Firedog Food Truck.
The playground, located at the Woodbridge Athletic Fields on Pease Road, will be the Town’s first playground to accommodate children with physical, sensory or developmental disabilities. It will feature age appropriate play structures, inclusive swings, a basketball court, slides, a pyramid shaped rope climber and activity panels enabling children of all abilities to play together. The playground will accommodate children from toddlers to tweens.
Pease Place owes its existence to two local moms, Colleen Inclima and Teri Schatz, who saw the need for an inclusive play area for local children. Inclima and Schatz, with the help of a dedicated committee of volunteers, shepherded the project through Town approval processes, fundraising efforts, design review and more.
“This playground really ‘took a village’ to become a reality,” said Inclima. “The leadership, support and guidance of our First Selectman Ellen Scalettar are what allowed us to open this playground to the community. We are extremely grateful for her unending support.”
“Colleen and I were amazed by the incredible support and donations from the community, including our state delegation,” said Schatz. “We never imagined we could build a playground of this magnitude when we first started this project more than eight years ago. It’s been time consuming and challenging at times, but I know when I see children on the playground it will be worth every minute.”
“Colleen and Teri had a vision and spent years working to make this project a reality,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar. “This playground enhances the many outdoor recreational resources the Town offers to residents. I commend the entire committee for their amazing volunteer efforts and dedication to this playground.”
In addition to the individuals, churches, synagogues, businesses, nonprofits and organizations that donated to the playground, the Town also received a $200,000 state grant to help cover the costs.
The decorative brick walkway that connects the parking lot to the playground features the names of many individuals and organizations who donated to support the project.