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It is estimated that there 30,000 persons living with disabilities in the Bryan-College Station and the surrounding seven counties. College Station and Bryan school districts say that 3000 students living with disabilities are in their schools. The Fun For All Playground will be the first and only all- inclusive park to serve persons living with disabilities in this area. The playground will promote physical and cognitive development of children through play. All members of a family regardless of their physical or cognitive abilities can enjoy the park together. This project embodies everything Kiwanis supports.
The project budget is $3,558,150. The City of College Station has pledged $500,000 to the project in addition to providing the park land and will maintain the park after completion. Pledges over the next three years from the College Station Rotary Club, College Station Noon Lions, and Kiwanis equal another $200,000. Donations from the community and fundraisers bring the total raised and or pledged to $1,067,000. The Fundraising Task Force and the Foundation Support Task Force are actively seeking funding to meet the budget.
Our Kiwanis Club has pledge $15,000 over three years, as of 2017, we have donated $10,000 to The Fun For All Playground. In March of 2018, we will deliver the last $5000. Members of our Kiwanis Club serve on the volunteer Steering Committee that is developing the park plan, directing the fundraising and working with the City of College Station. Members of our Kiwanis Club also serve on the volunteer Task Force Committees: Fundraising, Foundation Support, and Public Relations. Volunteer opportunities will be developed once the park is completed.
The City of College Station will oversee the building of the park. The City has hired Luna Architects of San Antonio to enhance the original design concept developed by the landscape architect students at Texas A&M University and construct the park. Luna Architects designed and built Morgan's Wonderland, the premier all- inclusive park in the United States.
This park is designed to integrate activities and facilities that include both active and/free inventive play areas for ages 2-5 and 5-12 as teen participants. Using nature-based themes, the playground will encourage exploration and learning of the natural world with age –appropriate challenges of all physical and cognitive abilities within this safe and family-friendly place. Since no other park of this kind exists in the area, the lives of children living with disabilities will definitely be improved.
The goals are: foster child development through play, create a family –friendly destination, provide universal access, create park identity, ensure safety and security, and apply low impact development. It will become a permanent addition to the city park system with a specific aim of addressing the physical and cognitive needs of children living with disabilities.
Completion of the park is the primary goal. Use of the park by the targeted population of children and their response to the playground will be evaluated by the Parks and Recreation Department of the City of College Station. Open houses held last fall by the Parks and Recreation Department showing the conceptual drawings was well attended by families with children living with disabilities and also adults. The attendees were very enthusiastic about the project, providing ideas that have been incorporated into the master plan. Over 600 members of the community, including families with children and adults with special needs, attended the groundbreaking ceremonies in on a very hot August day, a further indication of the interest there is in this playground.
A master plan and timeline for construction has been developed, an architectural firm with expertise in this type of park has been hired. A budget has been proposed. The groundbreaking has occurred. A web site has been created. Fundraising activities are constant and will continue until the goal is reached. At this time, the project is on schedule.
Kiwanis will be serving the children of the Brazos Valley. We are recognized along with the Lions and Rotary Clubs as the primary organizers of this project.