ST. GEORGE – Though not slated to open till the fall, the All Abilities Park and Playground in St. George came a little closer to completion with the arrival of its much anticipated novelty train Monday.
“It’s the first train ever to come to St. George – ever,” said Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins for the City of St. George.
The train was delivered Monday morning and eventually placed in the 2,700 feet of track that encompasses the park. The purchase of the train was approved by the St. George City Council in February at a cost of $365,000.
Along with the engine, three passenger cars were also delivered. Two of the cars are wheelchair-accessible, which fits into the overall theme of the incoming All Abilities Park at 1851 South Dixie Drive adjacent to the Tonaquint Nature Center.
Designed as a dinosaur-themed park, its overall architecture caters to all children, regardless of ability.
“It really feels like Christmas,” St. George resident Michelle Graves said. She came to see the newly-delivered train with her 15-year-old daughter, Amber.
“I like the train a lot,” Amber said. “It makes me happy.”
While admiring the new addition to the park, Amber got to sit on the engine and get her picture taken with Perkins.
Graves said she and her daughter have been involved in the park’s creation since the beginning, and were also present at the park’s groundbreaking Jan. 16.
“This means it’s really happening and is in full force,” Graves said of the train’s arrival.
The All Abilities Park is estimated to cost between $4 million and $5 million, with private parties hoping to raise $1 million. According to the park’s website, $227,600 in private donations has been raised thus far.
“It’s one of those processes that never goes as fast as you want it to, but it’s going steady,” Perkins said. “So it’s exciting to be in a position to see this wonderful ‘little baby,’ as I’ve heard it called, come to St. George.”
During the City Council meeting in February in which the council approved the purchase of the train, Councilman Joe Bowcutt said: “This is probably going to be one of the best things the city has done in years.”
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