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New all-inclusive park in Channahon dedicated to local resident

All-inclusive park dedicated in Channahon

Sengo Adventure Garden, a new playground for children of all abilities, recently was dedicated to Steve Troutman at the playground’s ribbon-cutting event Oct. 19 in Channahon Park District’s Central Park.

The dedication was a surprise to Troutman as the information had been kept under tight wraps by his wife, Ellen, and the staff and board members of the Channahon Township and Channahon Park District.

Troutman was recognized for his continuous support and volunteer efforts in the community.

Since 2011, he has been actively involved with Special Olympics, including the Super Plunge, the Law Enforcement Torch Run and Truck Convoy.

Troutman has coached baseball since 2013 at Challenger Field in Tinley Park where people of all abilities can play baseball. He has also supported and volunteered for many local organizations, including Habitat for Humanity and numerous youth sports programs.

Many of the kids Troutman has coached were in attendance supporting the dedication to him. Event attendance also included many staff and board members from the Channahon Township and Channahon Park District, Mayor Missey Moorman Schumacher, members of the Channahon Police Department, Troutman’s family and friends, and many members of the community.

This joint project between the Channahon Township and Channahon Park District began with the Channahon Township Board, who were looking to invest in the Township in a way that would benefit many youth in the area. Township Supervisor Judy Wooten approached Channahon Park District Executive Director Mike Leonard with the project that has since become Sengo Adventure Garden, a playground for children of all abilities.

“Projects like this are much easier and can usually be done more efficiently when government entities work together for the benefit of everyone,” Wooten said.

The name Sengo was chosen to honor the history of Native Americans in the area. The Potawatomi Indians called the area Channahon, which means “Meeting of the Waters.”

To recognize the Potawatomi heritage, the Adventure Garden was named Sengo, which is the Potawatomi word for red squirrel.

Sengo Adventure Garden is located in Central Park at 24856 West Eames St. in Channahon.

For information, call the Channahon Park District at 815-467-7275 or visit www.ChannahonPark.org.

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