Monday, August 25, 2008

Extending the Spirit and Vision of Fort Wayne's Parks - Boundless Playground

Psi Ote Park
Wennonah Lane
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46809

Date of Photo: May 23, 2008

If you're a regular reader, then you know that the parks of Fort Wayne played a huge role in my childhood. Reservoir, Lawton, McMillen, McCulloch, Swinney, Foster, Psi Ote, Franke, Lakeside....each one unique but focused on delivering on the original spirit and vision set forth by Colonial Foster.
I'm not a world traveler by any means however, I have seen my own fair share of parks and there isn't a better park system in the world. You all got it - right in Fort Wayne.

Just two days ago, Mayor Henry and Parks Director Moll, kicked off a campaign which is very near and dear to my heart.

Here's the press release

This isn't just another park. Nor is this just a run-of-the-mill fundraising effort.

Taylor Reuille, an 11 year old (and 5th grader at Harlan Elementary School), has been the driving force behind this effort.

"I am raising money to build a Boundless Playground® for kids of ALL abilities. There are thousands of kids in Allen County with disabilities which include not only those who are in wheelchairs but also kids who are hearing impaired, visually impaired, and those with other disabilities such as Down Syndrome and Autism.

Most of these kids are not able to play at a regular playground because the playgrounds do not accommodate their needs. If children with disabilities are not able to play at a playground, then why should I or other children who don't have disabilities be able to play?

Currently, there is not a single Boundless Playground® in the entire state of Indiana. Children of all ages and all abilities need to laugh and have fun. I am asking for your help to make this happen."


ida said...

fort wayne does have an excellant park system. it seemed to have a park nearby everyone. i loved my time at waynedale park and playing junior tennis back in the day. we may have more pools in indy but i did love fort wayne. if you ever get to stuttgart germany you would love those parks too. but for indiana and america in general fort wayne rocks.