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Playground for Children with Disabilities

St. Luke's Presents the Final Fundraising Gift to Pocono Alliance to Support All-Inclusive Playground Designed for Children with Disabilities

Pocono Alliance

Playground for Children with Disabilities

(l-r) John Koczwara, Pocono Alliance Board President;
Pennsylvania State Representative Rosemary Brown;
pediatrician Dr. Christopher Lynch; Robert Martin,
Chief Strategy Officer, St. Luke's University Health
Network; Michael Tukeva, Executive Director of the
Pocono Alliance; and PA State Representative
Mario Scavello

Stroudsburg, PA (12/13/2013) - St. Luke's University Health Network capped off the fundraising efforts of the Pocono Alliance with a final $5,000 contribution to the campaign for a Crossing Abilities All-Inclusive Playground in Mountain View Park in Tannersville. The gift was presented to Michael Tukeva, Executive Director of the Pocono Alliance Thursday, December 12 at St. Luke's Pocono Pediatric Associate in Stroudsburg. Tukeva led the community-wide effort to secure the necessary funding. Pennsylvania State Representatives Rosemary Brown and Mario Scavello were on hand to show their support.

Provides the Experience of Play While Promoting Health and Wellness

Specialized playgrounds like this one provide children of all abilities with the experience of play, while encouraging acceptance and promoting overall health and wellness. The total cost of this playground was $431,580 and was covered through grants, sponsorships, donations and in-kind contributions. Construction began in May 2013, but planning and fundraising efforts began earlier in 2012.

“Early planning included reaching out to local families who have children with disabilities to learn what was most important to them and to their children,” says Tukeva. “We appreciate St. Luke's generosity and support so that we can finally make this project a reality, and we are grateful to so many who have made considerable contributions throughout our fundraising campaign.”

Playground Slated to Open in April 2014

According to Tukeva, this final gift from St. Luke's has come at the right time, putting the organization on track to open the playground in April 2014 when the park reopens for the new season. “It's been wonderful to see so many organizations and individuals come together in support of this project,” he says. “The new playground will provide a safe, fun environment that encourages imaginative play and developmental learning.” 

See the layout of the new playground.

“St. Luke's is delighted to make the final contribution to support this worthwhile effort,” says Robert Martin, Chief Strategy Officer, St. Luke's University Health Network. “It's a wonderful cause; we expect the playground will be appreciated by many children and families in this area for years to come.” More than 5,300 children in Monroe County live with disabilities.

This playground is designed to encourage physical, sensory and social cooperative play. A sound garden is also part of the installation. “Play is a vital part of human development for all children,” says pediatrician Dr. Christopher Lynch. He and his colleagues at St. Luke's Pocono Pediatric Associates support the initiative. “Now children who live with limitations will be able to participate and interact with other children in a healthy, fun, creative way.”

Mountain View Park opened in 1978 and is considered one of the most beautiful parks in Monroe County. In addition to the playground, it offers ball fields, tennis and basketball courts, a soccer field, pavilions and nature trails. 


Contacts

Sue Ross
Director, Marketing & Public Relations
St. Luke's University Health Network
484-526-4122
susan.ross@sluhn.org

Michael Tukeva
Executive Director, Pocono Alliance
570-517-3953
mtukeva@monroecountypa.gov