General Recreation does a variety playground projects every year, but sometimes there is one that stands out. Sometimes special projects can be playgrounds that matter just a little more than some others. Jake’s Place Playground was one of those projects that separated itself from the other projects, simply because it was bigger than a playground, or a new product.
Jacob Myles Cummings Nasto passed away in 2008. Jake’s rare heart condition, hypoplastic left heart syndrome, kept him in the hospital for operations and away from his favorite place: the playground. “Jake’s disability made it difficult for him to play on the playground, but he loved it there. He’d light up when other kids were around. Seeing them have fun was his motivation,” his grandmother, Lynn Cummings recalls.
Jake received his physical therapy on the local playground, which is typical for special needs children. After he passed, his parents, while devastated, decided to do something in memory of Jake: build a playground. Michael Wiley, a Gen-Rec sales consultant, assisted with the fundraising and planning of the playground.
Playgrounds That Matter
The playground equipment suppliers at General Recreation are passionate about our area of expertise, playgrounds and equipment, but it’s wonderful when we can use our knowledge and ability to impact the lives of people beyond just quality products. We hope to have a legacy beyond the actual equipment, we want to make people’s lives better as well.