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Community raising funds for all-inclusive playground in Goshen

Community raising funds for all-inclusive playground in Goshen. // WSBT 22 photo

The Goshen Parks Department is looking at a new, first-of-its-kind project in the Maple City.

It’s an all-inclusive playground that can be used by youngsters with different disabilities.

You can be a part of fundraising efforts that will be matched by the state.

Plans call for the new playground to be built near the existing Hay Park along West Plymouth Avenue.

When completed, Kerry's Kids playground will be all-inclusive, surpassing ADA standards.

It will meet the needs of children of different ages and abilities who are autistic, deaf, blind or vision impaired, along with kids who have speech impediments or mobility challenges.

“It will be quite impressive,” said Tayna Heyde, superintendent. “We are looking at about 8,000 square feet. There are ramps, wheel chair accessibility, and it also encourages interaction between their peers, their parents, and their caregivers."

“No matter what disability a child has, they can play alongside each other and there are life lessons to be learned from that,” said Kim Stephens, recreation director. “You know kids will learn from each other.”

The new park will provide a lot of fun activities and things to do for youngsters with a variety of disabilities.

It is also designed for parents who have disabilities, who want to be with their children who do not have disabilities.

“If parents have a disability, it means that they can play alongside their child, instead of sitting and watching,” said Stephens.

To pay for it, the city of Goshen is teaming up with the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to raise the money to build it.

The community needs to raise $50,000 through a crowdfunding campaign.

“The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority will match our $50,000, but that's only if we reach our goal,” said Heyde.

The city will be using an online platform called Patronicity to help with the fundraising effort.

If all goes according to plan, the city aims to start work on the new playground sometime this spring.

For more information how you can help, click here.


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