Common Ground Playground at Makino Park

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The City of Mason celebrates Makino’s $500,000 gift towards the completion of Mason’s Common Ground Playground, a vision of the City and Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation for nearly a decade. Mason City Council honored Makino’s spirit of generosity and mutual commitment to serve the community on Monday, May 13, 2019 by taking action to designate the 34 acres of land as Makino Park, an inclusive recreational space.

For over seven years, Rachel Kopfler, President of the Mason Parks & Recreation Foundation has championed advocates and fundraising efforts for the playground. The Common Ground playground has received generous support from both corporate and individual donors, including recent contributions from TriHealth, the Scheeler family, and Deerfield Township, along with over half a million dollars in private individual donations, special fundraising activities, and the City of Mason’s matching program.

Mason is home to the North American headquarters for Makino, with Makino’s two billion dollar parent company located in Tokyo, Japan. A world leader in advanced CNC machining centers, Makino is committed to providing high-performance, leading-edge machining technologies and innovative engineered process solutions that enable manufacturers to focus on making what matters. Makino’s engineering services offers industry-leading expertise for even the most challenging applications across all industries. Thank you, Makino, for finding a home for Common Ground.

Common Ground Playground at Makino Park was designed in consultation with local parents of children with disabilities, a leading inclusive playground manufacturer, therapists and other professionals who work with children and adults with special needs. The playground’s educational, interactive environment is unlike any other in the region and goes far beyond requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act to bring new social engagement and sensory opportunities for children, veterans, and seniors. It’s an all-inclusive place where families can come together and enjoy a place to have fun.