Girl proposes special-needs equipment at park

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Associated Press

Posted on February 6, 2013 at 9:01 PM

VINE GROVE, Ky. (AP) — City officials in Vine Grove are getting behind a proposal from a 9-year-old resident.

The News-Enterprise (http://bit.ly/WQW3tq) reports Rachel Ritchie told City Council members during a meeting on Monday she thought they should consider adding playground equipment for children with special needs at a city park— so she could play with one of her friends.

"I have an idea to get playground equipment for the disabled kids in Vine Grove," she said to city officials. "It would change some kids' lives just to get to play at a park without assistance or being made fun of. I bet if we worked together, we could make this happen. Together, we could change disabled kids' lives."

The girl and her family did some research and estimated the cost of such a project at around $20,000. Ritchie suggested the city could seek grants to provide the service and asked council members for support, which they gave.

Mayor Blake Proffitt said the city's parks budget might even have some funding to help with the project.

"I think Ms. Rachel has gotten a good start on this endeavor, and we're very, very proud of her," he said.

Councilwoman Donna Betson, who is also president of the Vine Grove Women's Club, suggested Rachel ask that group for donations.

In addition, the city is helping to set up a bank account for other contributions.

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Information from: The News-Enterprise, http://www.thenewsenterprise.com

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