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"Ourspace" Park Project Creates Playground for Disabled Children

By Alex Howard.
Like most kids today, 9-year-old Mather Stover-Ling is playing indoors.

But in a few months, Mather will be playing outside.

Unlike most kids, finding a place where he can play isn't easy.

"It's hard to use my wheel chair to get up the stairs, and in public places, it's hard to use the stairs," said Mather.

Mather has limited use of his legs due to a lower spinal birth defect.

That means trips to area parks are difficult:

That's why Mather's father, Peter Ling wanted to get involved in the "Ourpace" park project at Recreation Park.

"As a kid I played at the tennis courts and we lived right down the street on Beethoven so we'ed use this park as a kid," said Peter.

"I'm looking forward to having my kid use this park too."

When finished, the 700 thousand dollar project will feature safer and more accessible play areas including a tree deck, game tables and a wheelchair- accessible swing.

"Peter has been side by side with me since the beginning, making the dream come true, not only for his son but for thousands of people in our area," said Jennifer O'brien, coordinator for the "Ourspace" park project.

"There's something for everyone," said Peter.