Indiana’s first Boundless Playground coming to Fort Wayne with your support
Joined by Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll and representatives from City Council, Turnstone Center for Children and Adults with Disabilities, League for the Blind and Disabled and the Fort Wayne Park Foundation, I recently helped to kick off the fund-raising campaign for a playground for every child in Fort Wayne, a Boundless Playground.
There are more than 100 Boundless Playgrounds across the nation, and we are proud to create Indiana’s first facility of this nature. This venue, which is the vision and dream of 6th-grader Taylor Reuille, will serve the region’s families and children with disabilities.
The Fort Wayne Boundless Playground movement, called Taylor’s Friendship Circle, got started when Taylor, a student at Harlan Elementary School, realized that there are many kids with disabilities who couldn’t play at local playgrounds. She researched and found that a Boundless Playground would offer amazing play opportunities for children with and without disabilities, including those with physical, sensory, developmental and cognitive disabilities.
Taylor and her mother, Kasandra Booher, presented the first Boundless Playground private contribution to me totaling $10,758.43. These proceeds came from small fundraisers that have been organized throughout the past few months, including funds contributed by Taylor’s teachers and fellow classmates at Harlan Elementary. They donated their nickels and dimes to the project.
Parks and Recreation Director Al Moll is very excited about this project. He says that we will need public and private support for this important facility, and it provides an excellent opportunity for the community to get behind a great cause for the right reason. The Kreager Endowment at the Parks & Recreation Department has given the first major private gift of $250,000 and the land for the facility.
Fort Wayne’s Boundless Playground at Kreager Park will have three pods of playground equipment and activity areas, a splash pad, accessible ramps and walkways, a picnic pavilion and accessible parking.
Landscaping will add to the sensory experience of the facility, as will the multiple types of surface used in the various pods, including sand, poured-in-place rubber, mulch and natural turf.
For details about the Boundless Playground and for those interested in helping support the campaign, visit www.fortwayneparks.org or call 260-427-6000. Checks made payable to the Fort Wayne Park Foundation may be sent to 705 E. State Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN 46805.
More information about Taylor’s Friendship Circle Boundless Playground efforts can be found at www.taylorsdream.com and at www.boundlessplayground.com.
To see video from the news conference announcing the campaign kick-off, visit the City’s YouTube site at www.youtube.com/user/FWPublicInformation.
Statement from Mayor Henry on Thursday, August 22, 2008:
“Today is a sad day for Fort Wayne. Our community mourns the loss of a well-respected pillar of our community. Mayor Bob Armstrong was a wonderful public servant as both Mayor and as a County Councilman. My family’s thoughts and prayers are with the Armstrong family.”
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