Owatonna Kiwanis Club
“Play is having the opportunity to explore the world around you in a way that is fun and stress free. Children are able to develop physically, socially, intellectually and morally through play. Adults are able to bond with and teach their children through play. Play is a way for people of all ages to interact, learn and socialize”. – Amanda Gislason
Everyone has a story that changes who they are and what drives them to make the world around them a better place. The founders of “We All Play” project, Amanda Gislason and Missy Ahrens, stories each begin with a promise and a desire to make the lives of their children and others with physical and/or developmental limitations to have the opportunities to play alongside their siblings and friends without the fear of hurting themselves or the frustration of not being able to do what able bodied children can do. These two mothers discovered inclusive playgrounds and playing fields available throughout the state of Minnesota, but all were at least a 45-minute drive away.
The “We All Play” adaptive playground and Miracle Field project will provide a unique inclusive space for the community to gather, interact and play. It will bring people of all ages and abilities together where everyone can play together. The playground will also be a destination, as people from around the area and around the state will come to play. It will also bring business and awareness of the great things our community is doing.