How Two Moms Opened Inclusive Park in Cedar Falls, Iowa
From KWWL (the article has been removed from KWWL website): “CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – Two moms watched their kids with disabilities struggle on playgrounds. So they teamed up to bring an inclusive park to Cedar Valley.
It’s a project that would take about five years and $1 million, but they did it! The inclusive playground is now at the corner of Algonquin and Ashworth, and it’s possible thanks to the entire community.
Kids alone raised $13,000 through bracelets for Beau sales, birthday party donations, garage sales, pumpkin sales, lemonade stands, and hot cocoa stands. Contractors worked for less than what the work would normally cost. People donated thousands after hearing stories of children who couldn’t do something as simple as play alongside their friends and family. There were grants, in-kind donations, and tons of monetary donations, and the city stepped up to help as well.
The opening day for the place to play park was this past Saturday. Around 500 people showed up.”