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SNAP continues to impress

Special needs children want to play just like any other kids.

When they get the chance to play ball or go to the playground, they want to do the same things that typical kids get to do.

There is one place in Hartselle where you can see this happen on a daily basis during the summertime.

The John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground.

The dream of this park is to be a place where just about any kid can go outside, play and interact with each other. During the summer, you see just that.

Our community came together to help special needs kids. There were fundraisers and community civic groups donated time and money to help build both parks.

However, the park is not complete. An entryway will be built later this year containing a bronze dedication plaque naming the facility the John Mark Stallings Special Needs Accessible Playground. Architectural features will include a clock tower and memorial walls.

The main playground is targeted for construction in 2012 at an estimated cost of $263,515.

SNAP continues to seek donations and contributions. If you’re interested in making a donation, you can mail it to SNAP, P.O. Box 512, Hartselle AL. 35640.

Brent Maze is the managing editor of the Hartselle Enquirer.