Kiwanis of Carter County

Grayson, a small rural community located in the foothills of Eastern Kentucky, has been affected by the pandemic of opioid abuse, like much of rural Appalachia. Unfortunately, this effect has resulted in many broken homes and placement of many children in the care of others, typically the grandparents. Oftentimes, these guardians cannot financially afford to provide opportunities to visit Disney World or other amusement parks. A hope for the design phase of this project is that this playground can be the "Disney World" in our area for many kids. We have worked to design an area with implements that the children of our community have never experienced. The design also focuses on inclusion of kids with all ability levels with hopes that ALL children who come to the playground will be able to play with their peers. The 64 acres Sports Park with playground will be a hub in a five-county area within proximity of both a major E-W Interstate and a US highway. Our hope is that with the help of this contest funding, we will be able to provide a place that allows children to forget their current circumstances, even if just momentarily.

"As a kid in Grayson, I see this playground as impacting our community in many ways. It will allow an opportunity for kids in our community to get outside and enjoy some physical activity as well as providing a low-cost option for a day out with the family," Eli, 5th Grader Prichard Elementary.

Additional Information

What organizations will support this playground project?: This community project has been supported by City of Grayson, Grayson Tourism Commission, Grayson Chamber of Commerce, Carter County Fiscal Court, Fivco, Carter County Board of Education, Grayson Park Board, Friends of Grayson Sports Park, and Kiwanis of Carter County.
How will you ensure your playground is ready to be installed by Kiwanis One Day 2020?: "It is my privilege to write in support of this contest adding equipment and play stations in the Grayson Sports Park that is under construction and scheduled to be open in the spring of 2021. As a former school administrator, a teacher of special needs students, Kiwanis of Carter County Member and now Mayor of the City of Grayson, KY, I understand the role of our special needs children and their importance to the future of our community. We must be an all-inclusive community and we are working diligently to be that community." Mayor George Steele City of Grayson.
Please feel free to include additional comments about your application.: "Not only would a community playground provide children and families with a source of entertainment, but play is so important to a child's development. Playing helps grow a child's creativity and imagination, builds strength and fine motor skills, and increases self-confidence as children master an activity that was previously challenging. The location of this Sports Park & Playground is adjacent to our Carter County Middle School and Special Needs Program that will enable to have daily access to physical and mental activities. This will create a major impact on the children of Carter County." Dr. Ronnie Dotson, Carter County Superintendent and Kiwanis of Carter County Member.