Special Needs Accessible Playground to be Dedicated to 7 Year Old Award Recipient and Family
Eagle Mountain, UT, June 1, 2011 – Eagle Mountain City will reveal a new playground that is
designed to be accessible to children with special needs and surprise a recipient of the annual
Community Hero Award by dedicating it to him and his family on Thursday, June 2 at 4 p.m.
Eagle Mountain City’s Pony Express Days Community Hero Award recipient, Philemon
"Philie" Anderson, is seven years old and has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and autism. Philie was living in
an orphanage in Ethiopia when his parents, Jay and Becky Anderson, adopted him almost two years
ago. The Andersons have five other children between the ages of three and ten. Philie and his family
were chosen to be this year's community hero award recipients to represent the over 200 children in our
city with special needs.
The playground was made possible by sponsors including SelectHealth, Intermountain
American Fork Hospital, Vivint, Geneva Rock, CR England, Big T Recreation, The Ranches Master
HOA, and Eagle Mountain City. We also thank our partners on the community build -- Big-D
Construction and Lowe's of Lehi.
What: Community Hero Award Surprise Announcement & Special Needs Playground Reveal
When: Thursday, June 2, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. (we ask media/attendees to arrive by 3:45 p.m.)
Where: Smith Ranch Park – Exceptional Kids Playground, adjacent to Pony Express
Elementary, 3985 Smith Ranch Road, Eagle Mountain, UT 84005; http://bit.ly/mEDA2Y