Inaugural Opening of Common Ground Playground

MECC Students Invited to Inaugural Opening of Common Ground Playground at Makino Park
Posted on 11/26/2019

After 12 years of planning and fundraising by the Mason Parks Foundation, the City of Mason’s Common Ground Playground at Makino Park held its inaugural opening on November 14. Mason Early Childhood Center students children were invited as guests of honor, and were among the first to play and enjoy this wonderful resource for ALL children! 

“For staff who recall the first ideations around this inclusive space, it was a treat to see all of the creativity and labor come full circle,” said MECC Principal Melissa Bly. “We are so thankful that our MECC Comet Kids (and students from around the region) have this incredible space to play.”

Watch the City of Mason’s Video

Numerous community organizations have helped contribute to the playground over the years through fundraisers, sporting event benefits, and awareness.

“As a dad whose own children can’t wait to play at Common Ground, I’m grateful for all the volunteers and donors who have helped bring this inclusive excellence dream to life - particularly Mason mom Rachel Kopfler,” said Superintendent Jonathan Cooper

As President of the Mason Parks Foundation, Rachel Kopfler was instrumental in shepherding the park's journey. 

“To achieve this dream of Common Ground becoming a reality, we’re [THe City of Mason] going to honor you and your family today by naming this road that leads to the park Kopfler Court,” proclaimed City of Mason Vice-Mayor Barbara Berry Spaeth.

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