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Sat November 5, 2011
Playground for senior citizens opens in Ohio
A community near Akron, Ohio opened a new playground last week - one specially designed for senior citizens.
The Akron Beacon Journal reports that the playground consists of eight pieces of low-impact athletic equipment designed for older adults.
Playground planner Bobby Dinkins says the Springfield Township facility is unique in Ohio and only the second of its kind in the U.S. He says he got the idea from an Internet search that showed playgrounds dedicated to seniors in several European countries.
Seventy-three-year-old Wanda Lee says it will be fun to come to the playground after a few hours of sitting and playing cards.
The playground had been planned for more than a year and was built with the help of a $33,500 grant from Summit County.
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