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Replacement Miracle Playground Installed at Joplin’s Cunningham Park to Mark One Year Anniversary of Joplin Tornado

Monett, MO USA May 18, 2012 Joplin’s Cunningham Park suffered severe damage as a result of the devastating EF5 tornado on May 22, 2011.  Located directly across from the former site of the badly damaged St. John’s Hospital, Cunningham Park featured two Miracle playgrounds, both of which were destroyed.  Nearly a year later and during the week of May 7th, Miracle Recreation installed replacement playgrounds with the help of volunteers and Miracle Recreation employees. Located just over 40 miles from Joplin, Miracle Recreation’s manufacturing facility and offices employ many Joplin residents.  Several employees and their families were personally affected by the tornado.  “Our employees were deeply affected by the Joplin tragedy and it was important to us as a company and as a member of the community to help with the rebuilding process,” added Don Hemingway, Vice President of Business Development for Miracle’s parent company, PlayPower, Inc.  Immediately following the disaster in Joplin, Miracle Recreation Equipment Company implemented a “Playgrounds 4 Joplin” program, which generated a $25,000 contribution towards the replacement playground. Proceeds for the purchase of the replacement playgrounds were provided by the City of Joplin and by Miracle Recreation through its $25,000 donation.  A local Miracle certified installation company and approximately ... Read more