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2 tornado-damaged parks receive grants for renovation

The proposed special needs playground will go right next to the current playground at Civitan Park. The proposed special needs playground will go right next to the current playground at Civitan Park.
GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Two parks in Marshall County affected by the 2011 tornadoes are receiving state grants for funding. One of the grants includes $50,000 for a special needs playground in the town of Guntersville.

Officials said they didn't know if they would get the money. After more than a year, the good news came Tuesday afternoon.

The proposed special needs playground will go right next to the current playground at Civitan Park and will replace the current volleyball court.

Much of the matching funds will be contributed by the Lady Civitans.

Pam Kirchev with the Lady Civitans said meeting the needs of those with special needs is a priority of theirs.

The funding will take care of the first phase, which will include swings and other basic playground equipment.

She said the playground will be called Every Child's Playground because it will truly be a playground that all children can use.

"It's just great for our community to have this park and have it available and certainly the children that use it and utilize it will enjoy it.  It's a great place for families to take them, and it's just a good thing for our community," said Mayor Bob Hembree.

The governor also announced just over $68,000 would be going to help renovate Lake Guntersville State Park, also damaged by the tornado.

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