MEDINA — In just one day, a $23,000 children’s playset became one of the amenities at the nonprofit Medina Creative Therapy Ranch.
A grant for the playground and some related materials were obtained by Medina Creative Housing, which oversees the therapy unit, from the Home Depot Foundation’s Mending Fences veterans program.
The playset was assembled Tuesday by a crew of 35 workers from Westfield Foundation and the Home Depot store in Brunswick.
Dianne DePasquale-Hagerty, chief executive officer of Medina Creative Housing, said Wednesday that Westfield Group also donated $5,000 to the agency in conjunction with workers helping on the assembly.
Two leaders of the crew were Home Depot store manager Anthony Rescina and Scot Rhoda, who is called “community captain” at the Brunswick store.
The application for the grant was a 3 1/2-month process, Rhoda said.
The playset is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and for use by children ages 5-12. Amenities that were included were a swingset, mulch, timber and tools, Rhoda said.
Workers began the assembly at about 8 a.m. and finished just after 4 p.m.
DePasquale-Hagerty said the playground offers families another experience at the ranch at 5200 Lake Road that has programs for work training, vocational training, horseback therapy riding, life skills, summer camps, day programs, therapeutic arts and music programs, martial arts and yoga.
“I can’t begin to say what (the addition of the playset) means,” she added. “It’s an incredible addition to the facility and comes through the benevolence of people in the community.
“We’re incredibly thankful to Home Depot and Westfield. It’s going to serve many, many people today, tomorrow and for many years. It will keep on giving. It’s a wonderful blessing.”
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