June 16, 2014

ECORE International, a company that transforms reclaimed waste into unique performance surfacing, recently donated 3,000-square-feet of Everlast Fitness Flooring to Leg Up Farm, a non-profit therapy center located in York County, Pa. Designed for infants, children, adolescents, and young adults up to the age of 21, the mission of Leg Up Farm is "to enrich the lives of families with special needs children through customized therapeutic experiences."

One of the main attractions at Leg Up Farm is Matthew's Town. It was erected in honor of Matthew Allen Potter, who was fatally injured in a roller coaster accident in 2001. Located inside a large room within the facility, Matthew's Town is an interactive learning environment that develops various skills, aided by replicas of local York companies, including a Rutter's Gas Station and a Martin Potato Chips truck.

According to Tom O'Connor, Development Director for Leg Up Farm, "The original set up was on concrete, but the ECORE donation gave the town a finished, professional look that really transformed the space." The Everlast surfacing installed in Mathew's Town not only adds aesthetic appeal, it provides comfort underfoot. Made out of 98-percent recycled rubber, the flooring is flexible and slip resistant.

"Immediately after it was installed, the therapists enjoyed the sponginess of the floor and the fact that it is much safer for the kids, if someone were to fall," said O'Connor. The durability of this ECORE flooring also allows it to withstand the constant shuffle of equipment and foot traffic without damage, and has proven to be "easy to clean, easy to maintain," said O'Connor.

In addition to Leg Up Farm's mission to enhance the lives of special needs children, the facility is silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified. In the United States and many countries around the world, LEED certification is the recognized standard for measuring building sustainability. Achieving LEED certification is the best way to demonstrate a building project is truly "green." By obtaining silver LEED certification, Leg Up Farm acknowledges the importance of the environment for the kids they adore and serve.

"We are very grateful for ECORE's generosity in helping us finish Matthew's Town and really make it more of a complete space for the kids," said O'Connor.