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Anonymous donor gives $400K to all-abilities playground in Canandaigua

An anonymous donor has contributed $400,000 to the Inclusion in Motion all-abilities playground in the town of Canandaigua.

Involved parties learned of the donation on Tuesday, March 29, according to Daily Messenger. The gift brings the project team roughly $150,000 short of achieving their $1.5 million fundraising goal.

The $400,000 donation is the highest amount received thus far for the project. Groups such as Kiwanis Club of Canandaigua, town of Canandaigua, Wegmans, and several other individuals and businesses had rallied behind the cause with previous contributions.


Design work began for the playground project in October 2017, plans were presented to the town in 2018, and ground was broken in 2021. The playground is situated across the road from the town’s Outhouse Park.

Plans include wheelchair-accessible swings, six slides, a merry-go-round, three zip cruise bays, a 20,000-sqaure-foot rubber pad, and quiet spaces for kids. The playground is expected to open later this spring, with an official grand opening date expected to be announced early this month.

Learn more about the project by heading to the Inclusion in Motion website.

Back in May of last year, co-founder of Inclusion in Motion Michael Bentley was in the FingerLakes1.com Studios to talk about the first of it’s kind in the nation playground as a guest on FLX Weekly. Watch the full conversation below.