Music and love will fill the air this Saturday (April 22) as the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the Freeman Playground takes place at 10:30 a.m. The park will become a reality following a year of hard, dedicated work, which raised almost the entire $250,000 budget.

Freeman Playground is the dream of Will and Misti Staley created in memory of their son, Freeman Ellis Staley, who was born with heart and lung complications and passed away at almost 10 months of age on Feb. 15, 2016 at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

Music and love will fill the air this Saturday (April 22) as the official ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication of the Freeman Playground takes place at 10:30 a.m. The park will become a reality following a year of hard, dedicated work, which raised almost the entire $250,000 budget.

Freeman Playground is the dream of Will and Misti Staley created in memory of their son, Freeman Ellis Staley, who was born with heart and lung complications and passed away at almost 10 months of age on Feb. 15, 2016 at Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock.

The playground is designed to accommodate special needs and to promote healthy community interaction.

"Freeman Playground will provide children and families of all ability levels with a safe, healthy and fun place to play," commented Misti Staley. "It will be the only special needs play space with ramps and equipment within 90 miles."

The playground will feature a large Americans with Disabilities Act-accessible play structure, swings for all ages, free-standing playground equipment, an ADA-accessible merry-go-round and an ADA approved poured in-place rubber surface to keep the children safe. It also will include equipment to inspire parents, grandparents and other family members to join their children and grandchildren at the playground and stay active.

The Delta region is highlighted as part of Freeman Playground's Mississippi River theme. Children can perform the blues on the freestanding bongo and piano panel.

Will and Misti Staley will serve as hosts for the dedication ceremony. Among the elected officials expected to participate include Helena-West Helena Mayor Jay Hollowell and Jeff Morris, representative from Senator Tom Cotton's office.

The list of musical performers expected to entertain are the Central High School Choir, the Cougar Cat Drum-line, the Eliza Miller Elementary School Choir, the J.F. Wahl Elementary School Bucket Drummers and the KIPP Delta High School Choir.

Individuals and businesses that would like to donate to the Freeman Playground and receive donor sign recognition may make checks payable to the Freeman Foundation and send to P.O. Box 342, Helena, AR 7234 or online at www.fundly.com/freeman-memorial-playground. All donations are tax deductible.

To stay in touch with the Freeman Playground project including the opening day ceremony and summer and Saturdays program check out the Facebook page.

The Freeman Playground is located at 803 Beech St. in Helena at the corner of Beech and Market streets, behind the Pillow-Thompson House.