Kiwanis Club of Pella

There are no public playgrounds within our community that provide a place for children with physical, cognitive or sensory needs to play, develop, and socialize with the community. The nearest playground designed for children of all ability levels is an hour away. The Wonder Spelen Inclusive Playground will go beyond minimum accessibility standards and providing facilities for those with physical disabilities to offer opportunities for all children to develop cognitive, sensory, physical and social skills.

Through conversations with parents, special education teachers, physical therapists, and other community members who work with the over 140 individuals with disabilities in Pella, the overwhelming response has been the desire to create an all-inclusive, safe space to foster community and inclusiveness and engage children and adults at all cognitive levels. Our goal is to provide a a safe, fund space to bring together all community members.

Wonder Spelen, which is Dutch for "Miracle Play," a nod to our community's strong Dutch heritage, will be an expansion of the existing Kiwanis Park. This playground will be located in the most densely populated portion of our community.

Additional Information

What organizations will support this playground project?: Wonder Spelen, Pella Kiwanis Club, The City of Pella, the Pella Community School District, Pella Regional Health Center, local foundations,
How will you ensure your playground is ready to be installed by Kiwanis One Day 2020?: We have already acquired and cleared the additional land needed to construct the accessible playground equipment and restrooms and provide accessible parking. Installation of utilities, restrooms, parking and walking paths will begin in early spring 2021, with the volunteer-led playground installation to take place by October of 2021
Please feel free to include additional comments about your application.: From its beginnings, Wonder Spelen, which means "Miracle Play" in Dutch, has been a result of a close partnership between the City of Pella and the Pella Kiwanis Club. Together, these groups have developed a project plan, selected a design firm, acquired property, created a fundraising campaign, and determined a long term, sustainable maintenance plan. The City of Pella is our largest funder to date, contributing much of the support for the total campaign. The city is also taking responsibility for coordinating the construction of the improvements and expansion of Kiwanis Park. The Department of Parks and Recreation has committed to maintaining all aspects of the park after installation, ensuring that the community will always have a safe and well-maintained playground. The Pella Kiwanis Club has committed to actively fundraising for the inclusive playground. Members have donated volunteer hours to identify and apply to funding sources and the majority of members have pledged personal financial support. The Kiwanis Club will play a key role in recruiting and coordinating volunteers for the community-build portion of the project. Finally, we have secured donations and pledges from local corporate funders and private family foundations for a significant portion of the project budget.

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