Local church turns to community to help build inclusive park

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What started as an idea nearly five months ago is now getting closer to becoming a reality as one Wichita Falls church is raising money to build something that will benefit kids all over the county.

Almost every kid has played on a jungle gym or climbed on monkey bars, but what about the kids who have a physical or mental disability? Members with Park Place Christian Church are fundraising to make sure those kids are included in the fun.

Park Place Christian Church members are asking the community for support so that they can build a playground that will be all inclusive and handicapped accessible.

Committee board member Tracy Roberts said this will be something that has never been done before in Wichita Falls.

“We are looking to build a huge inclusive playground,” Tucker said. “Part of a study that the church did about where our mission was and where we are going for the future involved building a playground and we decided that the reason it hadn’t been done before was that it was for all children and not just the children at the church.”

Through a recent church study, they were able to find that nearly 1,700 kids in Wichita County don’t have access to play in the parks in town.

Tucker said she’s only seen one park that had a handicapped accessible swing but said it’s secluded from the other parts of the park.

“It makes them be separated and they don’t get to play with their friends, they don’t get to play with their brothers and sisters and we wanted to include everything so these are playground pieces of equipment that include all children,” Tucker said.

The park will feature a zip line, wheelchair ramps throughout most of the park, music stations, as well as solar powered cubicles that will allow parents to charge their devices while their children play.

“Actually, only two other playgrounds in the state of Texas that are all inclusive, so this will definitely put Wichita Falls on the map,” committee board member Tracy Roberts said.

They can’t do it alone, with a goal of $800,000, they are turning to the community for support so that they can, in turn, help thousands of children in the future.

Click here if you would like to donate to their GoFundMe

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