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Liberty Swing is on its way to Bellefonte

Ruth Fleck and her daughter Miranda, who has cerebral palsy, are hoping to get a Liberty Swing installed in a park in Bellefonte. Currently there isn't anything at Governor's Park that Miranda can enjoy, but a swing that her wheelchair would lock into would change that.
Ruth Fleck and her daughter Miranda, who has cerebral palsy, are hoping to get a Liberty Swing installed in a park in Bellefonte. Currently there isn't anything at Governor's Park that Miranda can enjoy, but a swing that her wheelchair would lock into would change that. adrey@centredaily.com

Sometimes it pays to reach for the stars.

Very soon, wheelchair-bound children in and around Bellefonte will be able to do just that — all from the comfort of Governors Park.

They’ll have an assist from the Liberty Swing, a nifty piece of Australian playground equipment that can safely carry up to 550 pounds.

It’s been absolutely amazing. A lot of the biggest donations have been from people I don’t even know.

Ruth Fleck

As for who’s carrying the Liberty Swing, that honor would have to go to Ruth Fleck, the mother of 19-year-old Miranda, who has cerebral palsy.

Fleck launched a GoFundMe campaign back in December, with the hope that a tower of wallets would make it easier to reach the project’s $20,000 price tag.

She was at least half right — the page raised $9,055 toward the swing, but it was the word of mouth that proved invaluable.

Checks have been rolling into Fleck’s mailbox for the past few months. The $3,000 donation that clinched the deal arrived on Wednesday.

We’re hoping that we get people from all over the area.

Ruth Fleck

“It’s been absolutely amazing. A lot of the biggest donations have been from people I don’t even know,” Fleck said.

She and the borough of Bellefonte are planning to have the swing in place for a June grand opening.

Fleck — who said that the swing is the first of its kind in Pennsylvania — would like to see it become a source of fun for handicapped children beyond the Centre County lines.

“We’re hoping that we get people from all over the area,” Fleck said.

Frank Ready: 814-231-4620, @fjready

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