In 2011 John Vaccino, also known as Bodie, captured the city’s attention as his family unveiled the Bodie’s Place playground at Eisenhower Park, an expansive playground where children of all abilities can play. It features slides, interactive play equipment and a special surface that wheelchairs can access.
John had actually been making headlines in Milford for several years as his parents and the community worked to raise $400,000 for the playscape. John has cerebral palsy, and when he was younger, his parents took him to a Boundless Playground called Hannah’s Dream in New Haven. Lisa and John Vaccino were set on the project after they saw how John was able to play with his sister, Emma, as if he had no limitations.