BRADENTON, FL – Rotary’s Suncoast Playground Projects, Inc., in partnership with the  City of Bradenton, is developing an inclusive playground experience in Bradenton’s  Lewis Park that will provide recreational and active-living opportunities to every child in our region. 

Once completed, the Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant playground will be the only purpose-built destination of its kind in the area, serving children of all ages and abilities in the City of Bradenton, Manatee County, and our surrounding area. 

The project is spearheaded by Rotary Clubs of Manatee County, a network of several  Rotary Club organizations based in Manatee County. They received official go-ahead in  July, when Bradenton City Council approved Mayor Gene Brown’s recommendation to move forward as a partner in the project.  

Thomas Norton, Chair of Rotary’s Suncoast Playground Projects, said that the total cost to develop the new playground in Lewis Park is estimated at $415,000. He added that their fundraising campaign has received several enabling donations in the past several months, including major contributions from its Rotary partners and private family foundations based in the area.

“The entire Rotary Suncoast Playground Project team is profoundly grateful for every contribution, large and small, that we have received,” Norton said. “Our mission of providing an inclusive playground that every child can enjoy is becoming reality. Thank  you to everyone who has helped us get closer to that goal.” 

To learn more about the project, visit https://www.rotaryplaygrounds.org 

About Rotary’s Suncoast Playground Project 

Rotary’s Suncoast Playground Projects, Inc. qualifies under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS  code. Our federal tax ID number is 81-3699456. Our Florida Solicitation of Contributions  Act Registration number is CH50372. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling 1-800- 435-7352. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval or recognition by the state.

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