Asbury Park Kiwanis
Asbury Park is rich in history, known for its rock-n-roll roots, culture and cuisine, this beach-side haven is diverse in its makeup and exclusively inclusive by its character. We dig the “different” here in Asbury Park where we’re one big small town. We’re proud of our pride, home to one of the state’s large LGBTQ+ communities.
The Asbury Park Kiwanis Club [APKC], revived and chartered in October, 2020, has aided the ever-changing community with various campaigns including feeding 500 food-insecure families, raising money to support an area group which focuses on underserved LGBTQ+ youth and improving literacy with bilingual readalongs.
The APKC has been in talks with Asbury Park City Council and the City Planner, including Amy Quin, a council member and Deputy Mayor of Asbury Park.
“We have a strong pulse on the happenings in Asbury Park - where we put ideas to action,” Quin said, noting park spaces the council already has in mind. “If the Asbury Park Kiwanis Club is able to secure funds from the Legacy of Play contest, it would make an immediate impact in our community and etch out another legacy for Kiwanis.”
While we continue to grow Kiwanis within the community having chartered in October of 2020, Kiwanis history is rooted deep in this town, where the original Kiwanis Club formed in 1921, the Kiwanis is in large to thank for helping build a foundation for area youth including its inception of the Asbury Park Boys Club, which is now the greater Boys & Girls Clubs of Monmouth County. With the revival of the Asbury Park chapter, our renewed sponsorship with the BGCMC will prove key in surveying the community and its needs.
Asbury Park is a community that celebrates differences and likes to be one step ahead of society. Not only will access to the park welcome varying socio-economic statuses, but varying degrees of ableness, as well. We envision an environment that encourages dialogue, promotes play and instills pride. The Kiwanis funded Pride Park will inculcate inclusiveness and create a sense of homebase to a community with endless identity. We want to go beyond the ADA standards which require playgrounds to be accessible for those who use a wheelchair. We want to include elements that help those with down syndrome, sensory disorders or other visual and hearing impaired.
We plan to utilize numerous grants and programs within the state to help build on funds.