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 March 2018, more than $210,000 had been raised for the Inclusive Playground, about 84 percent of the $250,000 goal! A major boost to the campaign came through two gifts - $100,000 from the B.B. Owen Trust and more than $50,000 from the Richardson East Rotary Club, bringing combined total gifts from RERC to more than $65,000. The effort has received large numbers of small contributions at numerous fund-raisers conducted throughout the community, making it a grass roots effort. Students at Richardson ISD elementary schools have joined the cause through their own fundraiser, 47Nickels.com. To donate and learn more about the project, go to Richardson East Rotary’s playground site. The Parks and Recreation Department will host community input activities in the future with a tentative goal of construction in 2019.