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Posted on: June 1, 2018

[ARCHIVED] the Dana P. Nelson Operation Hope Playground Naming Ceremony

Operation Hope Playground

The public is invited to attend a naming ceremony for the Dana P. Nelson Operation Hope Playground located at Pole Green Park on Saturday, June 9, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.

Mr. Nelson will be remembered at this event by honored guests including: The Honorable Sean Davis, Chairman of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, The Honorable W. Canova Peterson, Vice Chairman of the Hanover County Board of Supervisors, Mr. David Fuller from the Hanover County Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission and Mrs. Lee Nelson, representing Dana’s family.  The ceremony will conclude with the unveiling of the plaque recognizing the new name for the facility and light refreshments.

Operation Hope was established in 2004 by Dana Nelson and Katie Stillwell, recognizing the need of many children in our area to have an accessible play area that they could share with their friends and interact with other children. Mr. Nelson approached Hanover County Parks and Recreation with a vision to create multiple accessible play areas within County parks and worked tirelessly within the community soliciting funds, recruiting volunteers and educating others of the diverse needs of Hanover County youth. Dana Nelson and Operation Hope were responsible for the donation and installation of three all-inclusive, accessible playgrounds at Pole Green Park, Poor Farm Park and Courthouse Park. Today, these playgrounds are one of the most visited and loved amenities in our parks.

Pole Green Park is located at 8996 Pole Green Park Lane, off Pole Green Road approximately four miles east of the intersection with Interstate 295. For more information about this ceremony, please call Hanover County Parks and Recreation at 365-7150.

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