A 27,000 square foot play area, known as the "Can-Do" Playground, is located in the East Park section of the Blue Ball Properties Project in Alapocas Run State Park, located just off Route 202 in north Wilmington.
This Boundless Playground® is one of only 60 nationwide and the first one in Delaware. It is designed to allow all children to play side-by-side, regardless of ability or disability. East Park's "Can-Do" Playground will offer fully integrated, universally accessible, developmentally appropriate, safe, fun and challenging experiences to area children.
Six Wilmington area Rotary Clubs, along with DelDOT and DNREC's Division of Parks and Recreation, developed the playground. The Rotary Clubs took on the task of raising $500,000 of the $800,000 needed. Members of the clubs also contributed "sweat equity".
- The Can-Do Playground for children with and without disabilities will be the first of its kind in Delaware
- It will be developed in conjunction with the National Center for Boundless Playgrounds® of Connecticut, a leader in creating accessible playgrounds
- Some 8,000 children in our community have disabilities that make it difficult or impossible for them to enjoy traditional playgrounds
- Design and equipment in the Can-Do Playground will be accessible to every child regardless of physical, mental and sensory abilities
- Opening date: Summer 2007
- Location: Eastern section of the new Alapocas Run State Park that is part of the Blue Ball Project off Route 202 in north Wilmington, Delaware
- Size: 27,000 square feet
- Sponsors and developers: Six Wilmington-area Rotary clubs - Brandywine, Brandywine Hundred, Caesar Rodney, Naamans, Wilmington and Wilmington West in partnership with the Delaware Department of Transportation and the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control's Division of Parks and Recreation, which have provided the land and will complete all site preparation
- Cost: $800,000; $500,000 of which will be raised by the Rotary Club Project
- The project has been undertaken to celebrate the Centennial of Rotary International, the world's oldest private service organization