PITTSBURG — Schlanger Park will soon awaken senses with its butterfly garden, musical play space and more.
This was made possible by an anonymous donation of $150,000 to the Everybody Plays committee. In addition to that gift, the group received $10,000 from Pittsburg Beautiful for a shelter house, $2,000 from a local family for a butterfly garden and a donation from Cow Creek Bluegrass Festival for a musical play area and more. Recreation programs through the city’s Park and Recreation Department have raised over $6,000 to help improve the park.
“We’re excited about the possibilities of the sensory features we will be able to complete this year and we are excited to jump start future projects,” City of Pittsburg Director of Parks and Recreation Kim Vogel said.

The committee has worked with the City of Pittsburg Parks & Recreation Department for over a decade spearheading inclusive play spaces for children and families— which includes adjustable basketball goals, accessible swings and Katherine’s playground.

Vogel said the play area will be accessible by people of all ages and people in wheelchairs and other assisted walking devices.

She said Schlanger Park stood out as a place to create the new sensory playground because it is in a central location. It is an optimal location with Block 22 going on and the Mid-City Renaissance Project.

The butterfly garden will be created in early March. Vogel said Fort Scott Community College CTEC students will help with the project. She said they will utilize many resources the city already has, such as leftover bricks from a previous project.

Speaking of bricks, Vogel said there is an opportunity for people to “leave their legacy at the park.” This is part of the committee’s fundraising efforts to bring more activities to the park, such as a splash zone for children.  People can contact PPRD at 620-231-8310 for more information on the brick program and other fundraising and donor options to help Everybody Plays fundraising efforts.

— Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP and Instagram @stephanie_morningsun.