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New park to replace arsenic-contaminated land

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SELAH, WA - As early as next month, the City of Selah could be turning an arsenic-contaminated field into an all-inclusive park.

City Council members have voted to help build the park off Merinda Drive with over a half million dollars in reserve funds to remove and replace the contaminated soil.

An additional grant of $359,000 requiring matching funds will fund materials for the park, which will be designed to allow kids to play, regardless of limitations.

"There will be a ton of toys for kids with disabilities," says Dave Mullen, Director of Selah Parks and Recreation. "This is an all-inclusive park, so kids in wheelchairs can go up and down slides and go on swings. It's an all-inclusive park, it's for everybody."

Mullen says although a park like this may be a no-brainer, it will be the first in our area.

"The research was done and there wasn't necessarily a park like this in Washington state, and at least not in the local area that's an all-inclusive park," Mullen said. "There's not a park where all the toys are ADA accessible, so this was the perfect opportunity."

Mullen says the park will feature ramps instead of stairs for kids in wheelchairs, and special equipment for use for those with mental or physical challenges.

He also says the people of Selah have been extremely supportive of this project with their donations, and you can help by buying a brick through the Selah Parks Foundation, which will help fund the project and will be placed at the park's entrance.