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Special Needs Park In Biloxi Progressing Thanks To The Lions Club

They're called fall zones. It's a cushion of organic material designed to protect a child in case of a spill. And it's one more step towards the long awaited completion of Lions Lopez Park for special needs children in Biloxi.  

"We're getting it done, one step at a time," says Lions Club Park Chairman Milton Grishman.

Grishman says hurricane Katrina set them back a full year.  

"We had hoped that we would have had it finished last fall. So we'll be finished this fall so that's not so bad."

But now, thanks the help of hurricane relief volunteers, the Biloxi Lions Club is back on track to getting the park open.  

"We've got a lot of our members out here today helping," says Grishman. "And we've got some Hands On volunteers, some college kids that are a big help."

Grishman says next comes an asphalt walkway and repairs to the fence.  

"We'll have it ready to have a dedication, maybe a ribbon cutting in the fall," says Grishman.

A day, long awaited by the Biloxi Lions, and especially those who will picnic and play in this safe and easily accessible park.  

"It's a park for everyone," says Grishman. "People with special needs. Children in a wheelchair can use the body brace swing. They can use the slide. It's designed to be ADA compliant, and I don't think there's any here in Biloxi quite like this."

The park is being built through a 50-thousand dollar grant from the Lions Club International Foundation, and 50-thousand dollars in matching funds raised by the Biloxi Lion Club.

by Don Culpepper

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