Release Date: April 26, 2018
Orleans, MA – Cape Cod Five has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Wareham Community Outdoor Recreation Project, Inc. (Wareham CORE) to support the organization’s rebuild of the Lopes Playground in Onset. The grant will help fund equipment for the new adaptive playground, which will provide an all-inclusive recreational area for use by residents and visitors.
“We are inspired by the citizens of Wareham who have come together to create an inclusive environment where children of all ages, needs and abilities can play and develop physically, socially and emotionally,” said Dorothy A. Savarese, President and CEO of Cape Cod Five. “We are pleased to support this initiative that promotes the acceptance and appreciation of diversity and encourages healthy and active lifestyles for all children in our communities.”
Construction of the new Lopes Playground is planned to begin in May of 2019. Wareham CORE has contracted with Play by Design, a firm that specializes in custom-designed playgrounds for children of all abilities, for the new playground design and to work alongside community volunteers during construction. The new playground will be built in compliance with international standards and the Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility guidelines using structural plastic lumber and recycled, arsenic-free plastic composite lumber.
Formed in 2016 by a group of Wareham citizens, Wareham CORE is an all-volunteer nonprofit with the mission of enriching and encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle for the children and families of Wareham through the provision of well-built and maintained recreational areas.
From left: Geoffrey Swett, Treasurer, Wareham Community Outdoor Recreation Project, Inc. Board of Directors; Donna Noonan, Vice President, Wareham Community Outdoor Recreation Project, Inc. Board of Directors; Anne Burnett, Wareham Branch Manager, Cape Cod Five; DaLiza Cardoza, President, Wareham Community Outdoor Recreation Project, Inc. Board of Directors; James Austin, Mortgage Loan Officer, Cape Cod Five; Tracey Denton, Media Relations Volunteer, Wareham Community Outdoor Recreation Project, Inc.