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4201 Fee Fee Road
Bridgeton, Missouri 63044-2217
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City of Bridgeton
Parks & Recreation Department
Terry Briggs, Mayor
Brendan Kane, Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For Media Inquiries Contact: Brendan Kane Parks and Recreation Director Bridgeton Parks and Recreation (314) 687-4470 direct
City of Bridgeton Announces Construction of New Inclusive Playground at Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex
St. Louis, MO – (October 9, 2020) – The City of Bridgeton Parks and Recreation Department has begun construction of a new inclusive playground at the Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC), and it is scheduled for completion in November 2020, officials announced today.
“The purpose of this inclusive playground project is to revitalize the existing playground at BMAC, which is approximately 25-30 years old,” said Brendan Kane, Parks and Recreation Director. “We currently experience issues with lack of inclusivity, drainage, surfacing, concrete, and problems finding replacement parts for broken equipment.”
This playground attracts not only those visiting the athletic complex, but also many from the surrounding areas. “We know that several families have been looking for ways to remain active outdoors, which is why we will continue to follow guidelines from the St. Louis County Health Department and the CDC to protect the health of our community in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Funding for the Inclusive Playground
The Parks and Recreation Department was awarded a grant in the amount of $350,000 from the Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund, a component of the St. Louis Community Foundation, to complete the construction of the new playground. The Bridgeton Landfill Community Project Fund was established in July 2018 with $12.5 million from a legal settlement between the State of Missouri and Republic Services related to the odors that were emitted from the Bridgeton Landfill.
Per the terms of the settlement, the Bridgeton Fund will support nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organizations providing services in or located within a four-mile radius of the Bridgeton Landfill. Grants from the Bridgeton Fund are for initiatives that contribute to the betterment of the environment, health, and safety of the communities within this area.
About City of Bridgeton Parks and Recreation The City of Bridgeton has one of the most comprehensive collections of parks and recreational programs in the region. There are ten park locations providing more than 376 acres for leisurely activities like picnicking, sports, swimming, fishing and trailblazing. The Bridgeton Municipal Athletic Complex (BMAC) is located in the northwest corner of the City and covers approximately 67 acres. BMAC provides facilities for baseball, racquetball/handball, trails, soccer, softball, and tennis.
For more information about the City of Bridgeton and its recreational facilities visit www.bridgetonmo.com.