Press release from Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation:
Fundraiser for Indiana’s First Boundless Playground
Citizens have an easy way to support the Boundless Playground – and get dinner at the same time! Join us at the Jefferson Pointe Chick-fil-A Tuesday, April 13 from 5-7pm, where 15% of your food purchase will go to support Taylor’s Dream for a Boundless Playground for all children, regardless of their abilities. There will be no solicitation at this event.
This fundraiser will help pay for the final $300,000 still needed to complete this $1.3 million project.
The Fort Wayne Boundless Playground initiative was the vision and dream of 11-year-old Taylor Reuille, who realized that there were children with disabilities who couldn’t play at playgrounds in this area. 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. Calling on the Mayor for his support, Taylor launched a public fundraising campaign. In August of 2008, Taylor and her mother, Kasandra Booher, presented the first Boundless Playground private contribution to the Mayor totaling $10,758.43. These proceeds came from small fundraisers, including funds contributed by Taylor’s teachers and fellow classmates at Harlan Elementary. City Council members and representatives from Turnstone and The League for the Blind & Disabled also added their support to the project.
Community support is vital to complete the project. Donations of $500 or more will be recognized on a sign at the front of the playground, while everyone’s donation will be noted on the Fort Wayne Parks’ website. For details about the Boundless Playground and ways to donate online to 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 the Boundless Playground efforts can be found at www.taylorsdream.com.
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.