On a very chilly November day, the Fraser First Booster Club and the City of Fraser held a Ribbon Cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the second phase of the park. Booster and city officials including Vania Apps, on the scissors, Mayor Michael Carnagie, Councilman Michael Lesich, City Manager D. Wayne O’Neal, Parks and Rec Director Christina Woods, and a number of other officials and volunteers were all on hand for the very special day.
The airport theme of the park is a link to Fraser’s past, when McKinley Airport was a busy hub for general aviation. Phase I, completed in 2015, provided a solid foundation for the exciting new play elements added this year in Phase II.
Phase II includes Jet Plane and Fire Truck Playscapes, a huge toddler sand pit, toys and sand table for younger kids, and a “Sway-Fun,” a fully interactive moving ride that accommodates access by those in wheelchairs and those with other special challenges.
The “Fraser Fire Truck” will be a sure-fire hit with park visitors, and the city’s Paid-on-Call Firefighters are especially proud of the “truck.” They led the way with fundraising efforts for the truck and also helped to construct the playscape.
A second Ribbon Cutting was held for the “Sway-Fun,” a fully interactive moving ride that accommodates access by those in wheelchairs as well as other special challenges.
“Over 25,000 children with special needs and challenges live in the Macomb County area. McKinley Barrier-Free Park will provide them an innovative, exciting and educational environment to play with their friends and families,” said Vania Apps, President of the Fraser First Booster Club, the group leading the planning and fundraising efforts.
AEW’s Senior Project Engineer Michael Vigneron worked with the park team, and helped to engineer the grading plan for the park. AEW proudly participated as a sponsor in the project, and also donated a portion of our services for the grading plans.