Bengals, Reds players to cut ribbon on East End playground

Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Recreation Commission
Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Recreation Commission

EAST END, OH (FOX19) - A ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Tuesday at a new playground and community garden in the East End.

LeBlond Regional RecPlex, located in the 2300 block of Riverside Drive, is Cincinnati's first state-of-the-art inclusive and accessible recreation complex. The dedication is planned for 2 p.m.

The new playground and sports court was made possible by volunteers who took part in the Cincinnati Bengals Hometown Huddle event on Oct. 22. In total, 44 Bengals players worked alongside 250 volunteers from Cincinnati companies to build the playground and community garden.

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Mat Latos and several Bengals players will join LeBlond RecPlex officials at Tuesday's event. Following the ceremony, a wheelchair football game will be the first to play on the sports court.

With the new additions of Phase I completed on November 5, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission expects visits to increase by 50 percent for people with physical and cognitive disabilities.

The annual Hometown Huddle is an NFL/United Way initiative that happens in all NFL markets on the same day, geared toward promoting volunteerism and creating a lasting impression in the community.

Read additional information about the new LeBlond RecPlex here.

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