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County Lauderdale’s first sensory playground for kids and adults alike to McFarland Park

FLORENCE, Alabama – Earlier in October there was a breakthrough, literally. After Rotary Club members from the Florence and Sheffield clubs announced that the Sensory, Tactile and Adaptive Recreation (or STAR) project was moving forward, the teams immediately got to work, cleaning up what was once the grounds of another playing field.

It is located under the O’Neal Bridge at McFarland Park in Florence.

STAR Park co-chair Tricia Lewis said the playground will be the first of its kind in County Lauderdale and it’s not just for kids.

“It will mean so much to the kids because it’s so easily accessible,” Lewis said. “They can come here, parents can bring the children here, it will be fenced, it will be safe.”

And whether or not you have a special need, Lewis said, “This is also for adults; it will be built very sturdy so that the adults can be with the child on the playground.

Co-chair Bill Armstrong said the playground wouldn’t be possible without the contribution of partners like Alabama Associated General Contractors who provide materials and workers.

“I don’t know if we could have achieved our goal without them; we’re not quite there yet but… the little train that crosses the mountain down the hill, we are coming down the hill, ”Armstrong said.

Armstrong said the project represented about two-thirds of the funding, and was missing about $ 80,000. Rotary clubs sell commemorative bricks to help achieve this goal.