Imagine a place where kids (and their families) with diverse abilities can come together and participate in meaningful play! The City of Richardson and Richardson East Rotary Club (RERC) have teamed up to "make it happen" by raising funds to build an inclusive playground in Richardson. This exciting and bold venture will not only create a great place for play, but also will create understanding of how kids of varying abilities can interact and play together!
The playground will be located on the site of the existing playground at Cottonwood Park. The current playground is scheduled for replacement through the City's 2015 General Obligation Bond program. This enhanced project will include elements such as ramps, inclusive play amenities and full solid surfacing for easier access. The fund raising goal for the inclusive playground is $250,000 with opportunities existing for grants, corporate and philanthropic contributions and community support.
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Building the Inclusive Playground is a community effort and will require gifts at many levels to Make It Happen. Click here to find your level and donate.
As of October 2018, more than $400,000 has been raised for the Inclusive Playground, exceeding the $250,000 goal! The gifts have come in all denominations from all parts of the community, including our elementary school children. Several large gifts made a huge difference. Charles and Ann Eisemann recently pledged $125,000 and will be featured on signage as naming rights donors. The B.B. Owen Trust donated $100,000 and the Richardson East Rotary Foundation has given more than $62,000.
During the planning and fund-raising process, users of the playground have brought several ideas to the table for which the additional funds will be used. The funds will enable the special “pour in place” surfaces to be used throughout the facility, a fence will be added to control exits from the playground, additional shade will be incorporated, a restroom/changing table facility will be built next to the playground, and more handicapped parking spots will be added.
The Rees-Jones Foundation provided a matching funds grant of up to $50,000. About $17,000 has been raised toward that match as of early October.
Now is the perfect time to donate as any dollar given before Dec. 15 will be matched by The Rees-Jones Foundation, up to $50,000.