In 2018 the City of Clinton was in the planning stages and early process of applying to the state for Local Parks and Recreation Funds (LPRF). Those monies (approx.. $115,000) have been approved and will be used for new "inclusive" playground equipment at South Clinton Park. In addition to donations from citizens and funds raised by various community groups.. the City has also budgeted funds for renovation of the park.

In a special park update today.. Clinton City Manager Roger Houck said: “Existing bathrooms have already been renovated to two larger family restrooms.. and City Public Works crews are standing by ready to start removing old playground equipment. However, further work cannot get underway until state contracts are signed. Jumping the gun on this project could put LPRF funds in jeopardy.”

State officials indicate work on the new inclusive park will start early this summer.

Nearly 20% of our preschool and school age children in our community are considered special needs, physically or developmentally and face challenges at our current playgrounds. The new Inclusive playground design includes systems and components that allow all children to play together in a rich and engaging way. In an inclusive play space, children of different abilities can play together, ensuring no one is left out.