MARSEILLES – For children like Ethan Scheidt of Minooka, having a place to play alongside his brothers is a big deal for the 11-year-old.
Scheidt has cerebral palsy and is limited to parks and recreation centers that are handicap-accessible.
With the help of Exelon Generation, Ethan’s family now is able to consider Exelon Generation’s Danielson Stevenson Park, an option when looking for recreational fun.
“Yes, we will travel to Marseilles so all my boys can play together,” said Cortney Scheidt, Ethan’s mom. “We are appreciative when we hear about parks with accessibility options. It’s really exciting.”
Working with Exelon Generation on numerous outreach projects, the city of Marseilles applied for a grant last year to help fund the Americans with Disabilities compliant equipment.
The park will include one wheelchair-accessible swing, a molded bucket seat and a rubber surfacing mat, which is handicap-accessible.
In addition, the park also received upgrades from other donors that include a new bathroom, gazebo and hopscotch court.
“We were so pleased that Exelon Generation saw the same vision that we did, which is giving special needs children a place to play freely with others,” said Ed Cavanaugh, president of the Marseilles Recreation Board.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Oct. 12 at the park, 621 10th St. in Marseilles.
“On behalf of myself, our city officials, the citizens of Marseilles and especially the handicapped who will be using the facilities at this park, we give our utmost thanks to Exelon Generation for this very generous grant,” Marseilles Mayor James Trager said. “Thanks to Exelon, special needs people from our area will have a place to enjoy the outdoors with their family and friends.”
Trager thanked former Mayor Patti Smith and Cavanaugh for their efforts in securing the grant.
“Special thanks to Megan Borchers of Exelon for all of her help and to the corporate staff at Exelon and LaSalle County Generating Station for their support in making this dream come true,” Trager added.