10:30 a.m., May 1)
Miracle League receives funding for fully accessible playground
By Fred Sherwin
The Orléans Star
Construction will soon begin on a fully accessible playground
for children with mobility issues at the Miracle League
of Ottawa Park on Navan Road.
MPP Marie-France Lalonde is joined by Miracle
League of Ottawa chair Michael Abraham (right)
in presenting a Trillium Foundation plaque
to the Desrochers family. Fred Sherwin/Photo
playground is being made possible thanks to a pair of
grants at the provincial and federal levels totalling
first grant of $50,000 comes from the Enabling Accessibility
Fund which was created by the federal government to provide
funding for capital projects that increase accessibility
for people with disabilities in Canadian communities and
second grant of $150,000 is being provided by the Ontario
Trillium Foundation. The playgound will complement the
fully-accessible baseball diamond and clubhouse that were
opened last spring.
Derochers, provided the inspiration and is the driving
force behind both projects. He is understandably thrilled
with the news that construction will soon proceed on the
to this money my friends and I will have a safe, fully
accessible place for us to play and it means a lot,"
MPP Marie-France Lalonde dropped by the park on April
28 to announce the Trillium Foundation grant in person.
work of the Miracle League of Ottawa is inspiring and
addresses community needs in a significant way. Through
the Ontario Trillium Foundation, our government is able
to support projects that make a difference in people's
lives and enrich our communities," Lalonde said.
words of support were echoed by Orléans MP Andrew
Leslie, who was also on hand for the dual announcements.
its inception, the Miracle League of Ottawa has been an
inspirational addition to the riding of Orléans. I am
proud that the Government of Canada has supported this
life-enriching organization through the Enabling Accessibility
Fund. The project will give kids with unique challenges
a chance to play, be with friends and make memories together,"
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)