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Brick Residents Invited to Help Build Unique Playground at Windward Beach Saturday

The entrance to Windward Beach Park in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The entrance to Windward Beach Park in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick Township will soon be home to one of the most unique playgrounds in the entire country. But first, residents are needed to help build it!

The township, earlier this year, received a $9,000 grant from the Kaboom Foundation, a national nonprofit group that focuses its efforts on encouraging healthy play opportunities for children. The grant helped the township with the $17,772 cost of the playground equipment to be installed at the park, which is meant to be constructed in a way that both disabled and typical children can play in one space together.

Known as a “boundless” playground, some of the unique equipment to be installed includes a swingset that is able to accommodate a child in a wheelchair, and devices that make noise and produce tactile feedback for children with other disabilities.

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The new playground will be installed in a place at the park where a number of pieces of aging equipment was removed about a year ago, Councilwoman Andrea Zapcic said this summer. But the grant funding came with one extra requirement – the township had to host a community “build day” where residents would put the playground pieces together.

The township has scheduled the build day for Saturday starting at 8 a.m. The build day event is open to all residents willing to lend a helping hand, with refreshments provided by the Brick Elks, who donated $300 to the cause, which was accepted by the township council this week.

The construction of the playground will be completed with a certified playground installation company on hand, Zapcic said.

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