Imagine a playground where children of all abilities and ages can play together, with a focused consideration for children with special needs. An “All Abilities” playground expands the focus of a standard playground to allow children with special needs (Down’s Syndrome, autism, muscular dystrophy, visual and hearing impairments, cerebral palsy, spina bifida and other challenges) to experience the “Gift of Play” alongside other children. Children and adults in wheelchairs, walkers and braces will be able to share a play experience. The equipment and design address the needs of children with development delays, special sensory requirements and other physical challenges. The vision includes extra shaded areas, benches near all the play areas for parental supervision, wheelchair ramps to equipment and picnic tables for birthday parties and playdates. This will be a family playground where children with special needs can play side by side with their siblings and other children.
The Rotary Clubs in McKinney have joined together to make this vision a reality by entering a partnership with the City of McKinney. The city is providing the site in Phase II of Bonnie Wenk Park, located near the corner of Virginia Parkway and Hardin Blvd. Additionally, the city will enhance the infrastructure around the playground with a customized restroom adjacent to the playground, ramps and additional parking for vans and buses. The McKinney Rotary Clubs have committed to raise $560,000 from community and business sponsorships to pay for the additional costs of an All-Abilities playground’s specialized equipment and foundation.The timeline for the playground is very short as the projected “grand opening” is fall 2017. We don’t have long to raise the remaining funds required. We have raised or pledged over $400,000 already.
We plan to build on strengths of the private and public sectors to create a synergy for community awareness, involvement and financial support. Individuals, businesses, students, churches, and service groups are all welcome to participate in bringing this vision of an All Abilities Playground to fruition. In McKinney, everyone counts, and children with special needs are often under-served.
Your donations are 100% tax deductible through our 501(c)(3). Please mail your donation to the address below, or donate securely online with the button below. (Make checks payable to McKinney Rotary Foundation, and be sure to mark your check with "All Abilities Playground" in the memo line.) THANK YOU!
Clubs of McKinney
ALL-ABILITIES PLAYGROUND PROJECT