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New therapy playground opens at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie

New therapy playground opens at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie

On Wednesday, September 18, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Erie staff welcomed the Erie Regional Chamber and Growth Partnership, the Board of Governors, Shriners and other community members for a ribbon cutting at a new therapy playground.

The therapy playground is an extension of treatment space for the therapists to assess and treat patients. The primary purpose of the playground is to allow therapy patients to progress from land-based therapy indoors to the increased challenge of negotiating community-based functional challenges and obstacles in a safe, therapeutic and fun environment. It allows children to receive therapy in an environment that feels more like "play."

The therapy playground was generously funded by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Erie and the John M. and Gertrude E. Petersen Foundation, with additional support from the Henry E. Niles Foundation. The wood chips surface was donated by Emeritus Board Member Steve Ongley and Walter Lipinski of Lipinski Logging and Lumber.