By Beth David, Editor
Noah’s Place Playground is open to the public. Located at Marine Park on Pope Island in New Bedford, right near the Fairhaven line on Route 6, the completely accessible playground is designed to allow all children, regardless of physical abilities, to play with each other.
Victor and Christine Fernandes spearheaded the effort in honor of their son Noah, who suffered from MELAS, a progressive and degenerative mitochondrial disease.
The Team Noah Foundation raised funds for the playground, which broke ground in September.
On Monday, 11/20, officials joined with Noah’s family members for the official opening of the park. Noah’s sister, Isabella Fernandes, cut the ribbon.
The playground features pathways wide enough for a wheelchair and other accommodations for children with disabilities.
The playground at Marine Park on Popes Island has been a longtime goal of the Team Noah Foundation and was made possible through their fundraising efforts and the generosity of numerous donors.
Only one year after his diagnosis, Noah began attending The Schwartz Center for Children, where he received physical, occupational, speech and aquatic therapies. The foundation aims to help fill in the gaps where insurances and government funds fail. The foundation works to ensure that no child is left without the proper equipment they need, be it audio/visual, wheelchairs, walkers, or more.
Noah, who lived in Acushnet, died last year at the age of 14.
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