Great discoveries and improvements invariably involve the cooperation of many minds. These words attributed to renowned inventor Alexander Graham Bell convey the dedication of the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities to enhance lives with its new Marimor Legacy Park.
“We formed a committee of truly dedicated people to raise the funds needed, and we dreamed and designed our way to what you see here today,” said board superintendent Theresa Schnipke at the park’s grand opening and dedication Oct. 25, 2021. “I should never have doubted what a group of truly committed and caring people can do together.”
Together is what defines Garmann Miller’s approach to embracing our vision—to enhance the lives of the people we serve. Our team of site designers, construction administrators and other personnel partnered with Theresa and her board to create an all-ability playground for the school and the Lima, Ohio, community.
“Today, we are able to give our region a place where all children and all adults can play together. This is not only for children or adults with disabilities—it is for everyone with all abilities.”Theresa Schnipke
The park, which is part of the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, was transformed into a grand play area and connected with bike paths to the east and south to allow more access to the public. Highlights include sensory play areas for those needing quiet seclusion and large group gathering spaces for more active movement.
Flagpoles with bright pennants call attention to the park to passersby. A bright, signed gateway commends the community efforts it took to accomplish the project, and surrounding seating allows watchers to relax. The park continues to the south where a memorial garden with translucent acrylic butterflies displays the names of loved ones who have passed.