I believe in miracles, and you should, too

Published 11:00 pm Thursday, April 4, 2013

Call me crazy, but I believe in miracles.

And there is one miracle in particular I know we can help make happen for the children of Pike County. That’s the Miracle League Playground.

You’ve probably seen some large project “thermometers” up around town with the red “temperature” ticking up week by week.

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Right now, the project is guaranteed $147,600. The Land Water Conservation Fund is providing $50,000, the City of Troy has matched that with another $50,000, and the community has generously donated $47,600 as of this week.

I spoke with Troy Parks and Recreation Director Dan Smith just moments ago, and the excitement of how close this project is to reality is contagious.

There has been another $12,250 pledged from area individuals and businesses and a possible $10,500 could come from other planned fund-raisers.

If those pledges and possibilities were to happen, that puts the playground within $30,000 of the $200,000 needed to build. Money on top of that number would go toward extra equipment to enhance the project.

According to the 2010 Census, there are 32,899 people who live in Pike County. That boils down to 91 cents per person, or $3.64 cent for a household of four.

It’s time for us to dig in our sofa cushions and empty out our cup holders in our cars. There are “Pennies for the Park” containers now out at many local businesses because every cent counts.

The playground will be one of 25 within the Miracle League and will feature a rubberized safety surface that will allow children with walkers, wheelchairs and other special needs to go to transfer stations on the playground. Doublewide ramps will help wheelchairs to travel through the playground easily. There will also be activity panels and other structural features designed to promote creativity for all children – including those with Autism and other needs.

To snag a “Pennies for the Park” container for your business or group, or to make a donation toward the Miracle League Playground, call (334) 566-4031 or email troyrecreation@troycable.net.

Usually, we don’t have control over miracles, but this one we can make happen if the community unites. This time next year, all children, regardless of need or ability, could have a place to play, together, here in our community.

Let’s make this miracle happen!