The City of Cheyenne will hold a grand opening of the inclusive playground at Cahill Park on Saturday at 8 a.m., according to a spokeswoman for the city Parks and Recreation Department.

Teresa Moore says that while other city playgrounds are in line with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the new playground goes way beyond those standards and is designed to be usable by almost anyone.

Moore says almost all of the $1.3 million cost of the playground was raised either through private donations or grants, so very little tax money went to the construction of the facility.

Moore says the playground was first discussed 10 years ago, adding the active planning and construction "took three or four years." Cheyenne Mayor Marian Orr will formally cut the ribbon on the playground at the event Saturday, with a free pancake breakfast presented by the Cheyenne Kiwanis Club to follow.

The grand opening is also being held in conjunction with the Cheyenne Greenway Foundation's Spring Into Green celebration.

This will be the 8th annual Spring Into Green and that even will get underway about 8:30 a.m. at Cahill Park.

This year's event features a 5k run and a 2k fun walk. Registration for the run and walk costs $30 for adults and $25 for seniors age 60 and up and youth ages 6-17. You can register online or at the event on Saturday.

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