The group's summer camp activities include arts and crafts and exercise to music.
YOUNGSTOWN -- Golden String, a nonprofit organization that provides social and educational activities for adults and children with mental or developmental disabilities, opened a new courtyard today at its facilities at 12 and 16 S. Phelps St.
The open-air courtyard, an L-shaped area of about 500 square feet, is at the side and behind the Phelps Street facility.
Its revitalization was funded by a $5,039 grant by the Green Team Recycling Division of Mahoning County and a gift from the Youngstown Foundation.
The earth floor of the courtyard is covered with six inches of recycled, shredded rubber.
A long flower box runs along one side, and it contains picnic tables and benches, made from recycled materials.
The new courtyard will be part of the facilities used by the Golden String staff during its annual four-week, late-summer camp for school-age children with special needs, which begins Aug. 5.
Julie Grassley, camp director, said camp activities include arts and crafts, kite-making and exercise to music, as well as many field trips to places such as Cafaro Field in Niles.
"Anytime the weather is nice, we will be outside," Grassley said.
Businesses, groups and foundations have sponsored individual campers or provided gifts to help defray the $50-per-day cost of the camp, said Betsy Klingensmith, Golden String assistant director.
Golden String, founded May 14, 2001, is a charitable arm of a for-profit company, Iron and String Life Enhancement (ISLE), which was created three years ago to care for the local population who have disabilities.