The Goshen Parks & Recreation Department was named the winner of a statewide award for the opening of Kerry’s Kids Playground.

The department received the 2020 Inclusion Program of Excellence Award from the Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) Wednesday, Feb. 12 at the association’s State Conference in Muncie, IN. The award praises an organization or agency for then achievements pertaining to a program or project that increases awareness and benefits of parks and recreation. The award highlights and acknowledges the organization’s effort and determination to provide inclusive opportunities and programming to their community.

Kerry’s Kids Playground, located at 1414 W. Plymouth Ave., is Goshen’s first fully inclusive playground. With ramps and special equipment features, every part of the playground is accessible to all residents. The playground opened its doors to the public in October 2019.

Parks Superintendent Tanya Heyde she and her staff strongly believe the playground is an important addition to the City’s parks system, inviting anyone, regardless of age or ability, to take part in play.

“It is a privilege and an honor to accept such an award on behalf of the entire city, community and everyone who contributed to making this playground a success,” she said.

Mayor Jeremy Stutsman thanked Heyde and the Parks & Recreation Staff, other departments, and the volunteers who helped plan and build the playground.

“It took our community working together to bring this playground to life,” he said. “From the departments who oversaw the construction of the facilities, to the community members who helped with the design and those who provided financial support, everyone helped and that’s what makes our community so special.”

About IPRA: The Indiana Park and Recreation Association (IPRA) is a professional association representing over 1000 parks and recreation professionals throughout the state. Members include agency superintendents, directors, and other professional staff; corporate vendors that supply recreation equipment and professional services; elected officials; students; and citizen advocates.

IPRA provides its members with networking & mentoring opportunities; legislative advocacy; news & information; and professional development opportunities via district and section meetings; advocacy events; training events, workshops, online education, and its annual conference.


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