Early Risers Kiwanis Club
Early Risers Kiwanis of Worthington, MN, a city with a diverse population of 13;000 is seeking funds to construct an All-Inclusive Playground at Chautauqua Park. Worthington is a community that has a definite need for an all -inclusive facility where all children can have a positive playground experience. There are many parks in the City, many with playground equipment, but none of the playground equipment is handicapped approved, so there is a definite need for an all-inclusive type playground. This project will have equipment that is accessible for wheelchair bound individuals on a rubber surface. The playground will include all children with any physical or emotional need, where they are no longer classified as “handicapped” but can play inclusively with everyone. One individual approached for a donation to the playground, gave a sizeable donation, and stated that he was 100% in favor of the project. When he was young, he had polio and was deprived of doing activities that a normal child could do. It brought back memories of him being handicapped and having to sit on the sidelines and watch other children have a good time. This gentleman also owns a trucking company and has offered to transport the playground parts at no cost. This is one example of community commitment to this very worthwhile project.