Latos, Bengals introduce new "fully accessible" playground

EAST END (FOX19) - Reds and Bengals players were on hand as a newly constructed playground and community garden was officially introduced to the community in Cincinnati's East End.

The LeBlond RecPlex was officially introduced on Tuesday as Cincinnati's first state-of-the-art inclusive and accessible recreation complex.

The complex was made possible by the efforts of countless volunteers who took part in the Cincinnati Bengals Hometown Huddle event in late October. In all, 44 Bengals players worked alongside 250 volunteers from Cincinnati companies to construct the playground and community garden.

Officials from the LeBlond RecPlex conducted the ribbon cutting ceremony along with Cincinnati Reds' starting pitcher Mat Latos and members of the Bengals.

"It's always important to give back. Without the kids, we wouldn't have fans," said Latos. "Let's face it, there's always an older group that goes to the game but I don't think they get as excited as the kids do."

Following the ceremony, a wheelchair football game will be the first to play on the sports court.

With the new additions, the Cincinnati Recreation Commission expects visits to increase by 50 percent for people with physical and cognitive disabilities.

This would be a significant jump from the 10,000 individual visits the LeBlond location had to their Therapeutic Recreation programs in 2012.

All the effort and work put forth by the volunteers towards this project will serve as a lasting gift to the community for all residents of the Cincinnati region.

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