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Ground-breaking event held for Lake Health Miracle League and Lubrizol Inclusive Playground in Eastlake

Tawana Roberts | The News-Herald

A special ground-breaking event was held at Classic Park in Eastlake on July 6 for the Lake Health Miracle League Field and Lubrizol Inclusive Playground.

The new ballpark and playground will give individuals with special needs in Lake and surrounding counties the opportunity to enjoy an adaptive field and play area designed to accommodate wheelchairs and other assistive devices while preventing injuries.

The project, estimated to cost $1.2 million, is being funded through grants, private contributions and donations. The major donors include Lake Health, Lubrizol, Lake County commissioners, CT Consultants, Captains Charities, AECOM and Carfagna and Murphy families.

“This project is near and dear to me,” Eastlake Mayor Dennis Morley said. “My brother went to both Broadmoor and Deepwood and that was 40 years ago. I want to thank everyone from Broadmoor and Deepwood. This is a great project for both the city and the county.”

Morley said the equipment has already been ordered for the 8,200 square-foot adaptive playground.

The playground will cost $350,000 — $200,000 for the equipment and $150,000 for the PebbleFlex surfacing, he said.

Miracle League Board of Directors President Judy Moran said this is another significant milestone accomplished.

“We have hit them pretty much on the order that I planned with my aggressive timeline,” she said. “My hope was that this whole project would be done by the end of August into September, but it is going to be extended a little bit further. This playground will be up by the end of August. It is so exciting. It will visibly mark rejuvenation in Eastlake and it will be a community-based project that does that.”

Other representatives who were present for the ceremony included several Eastlake City Council members, Lake County commissioners, Lake Health President Cynthia Moore-Hardy, Lubrizol Corporate Vice President Mark Sutherland, Lake County Board of DD Superintendent Elfie Roman, Captains Charities President Neil Stein and Willoughby Western Lake County Chamber of Commerce President Karen Tercek.