Wednesday, April 16, 2014 People for Parks and it’s Falls 4 All Committee proudly presented the funds they have raised for the Universal Access playground at the Wabun Picnic area of Minnehaha Falls to the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Commissioners.
We are so thrilled this day is here: The official groundbreaking for the new family playground at the Wabun Picnic Area is 2pm on Wednesday, July 24.
The new Wabun play area will be universally accessible, which means that at least
70% of the play features will be accessible, far more than required by the Americans
with Disabilities Act (ADA). This play area will be a place where children and adults,
with or without disabilities, can challenge themselves to explore, interact and play with
independence and dignity.
We’d like to thank the many individuals and organizations who made this possible. We could not have done this without your support.
Hope to see you on the 24th! (more info here in a pdf)
After several years of fund raising, networking and meeting with people about designs for the Wabun Picnic Area at Minnehaha Falls Regional Park, we are very, very pleased to say that we’ve wrapped up the successful campaign and the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board is moving forward with the final design.
To be considered a “universally-accessible” playground, 70% of the grounds and equipment must be accessible to people with disabilities. We are thrilled that the approved plan takes us to over 90% accessible.
Here is the final concept for the park:
“One of the ‘funnest’ elements is a Sway Fun glider that Flagship will custom design to resemble a camper with an antique car pulling it…all a part of the playground theme. The Wabun area was, during the 20′s and 30′s an overnight camping area, and the State Historical Preservation Society has a say in the overall look of Minnehaha Falls. The Sway Fun glider can accommodate two wheelchairs and has additional seating for the non-disabled. We’re so happy that this unique swing could be included in the final plan,” explains Committee Chair Peggy Halvorson.
The Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians joined the Falls 4 All project at the “Friend of the Park” level this week with a $1000 sponsorship. (see “Partnership Levels” tab). We are very grateful for this donation and appreciate the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians reaching out to us in the Twin Cities area in order to help fill this need in our community.
The Nash Foundation of Minneapolis today became the latest Falls 4 All Universal Playground sponsor at the “Friends of the Park” level with a $1500 contribution to the playground.
We thank you, Nash Foundation, for your thoughtful gift, one that will have a lasting and positive impact on many lives, and therefor on our quality of life here in the greater Minneapolis area!
We are getting closer and closer to the start of our build and are not quite at our fundraising goal! Are you involved with a church, school or civic group; scout troop; have a bunch of friends that like to help? How about hosting a holiday bake sale, a winter rummage sale, used book sale…you get the idea. Every group that raises $1000 or more towards the playground costs will be a part of the recognition element that will be at the playground!
Thursday, Nov. 15, is the largest single day of giving in Minnesota: It’s Give to the Max Day.
Help us build the new playground at the Wabun Picnic Area of Minnehaha Falls Regional Park by donating on our page that day. By making a donation via the Razoo/Give to the Max Day site, you qualify us to win a Golden Ticket – an extra $1,000!
Please share this information with your friends and family. Thank you for everything you do to support Falls 4 All!
Nearly 100 people turned out for a private Michael Monroe concert to raise funds for the Falls 4 All project.Monroe, an Emmy-award winning musician and songwriter, played throughout the event and emceed the rousing live auction which included a stay at Lutsen resort and one of Monroe’s intimate Log Cabin concerts.
Other popular items included a multi-course dinner hosted at a private residence in Minnetonka, a tour of Minneapolis by Jay Halvorson, an autographed Joe Mauer baseball, and an entertainment gift basket that included gift certificates to Tilia and other local establishments.
The event raised $15,000 for the installation of a universally-accessible playground at the Wabun Picnic Area of Minnehaha Falls Regional Park. Many thanks to our lovely hosts Tom Braun and Felicity Britton, to Michael Monroe for his beautiful music and great auction skills, and to our many other donors who contributed to the event and to our live and silent auctions.
If you weren’t able to attend and would like to make a donation to help us complete our fundraising, you can make a tax-deductible contribution here.
The Falls 4 All Committee is very pleased to announce that the Worthy Projects Foundation has become the latest partner in the Falls 4 All Project. This gift brings us to a commitment level of approximately 73% of our ultimate funding goal!
Our final fundraiser for the playground, scheduled to be built next year at Minnehaha Falls regional park, will be held on October 27 and features music by award winning musician Michael Monroe. Event auction items include an autographed Joe Mauer baseball, MN North Shore get away, beautiful one of a kind oil by Ray Meifert, theater packages, pet packages, Minneapolis tour and new tires for your automobile or SUV. I hope you will join us for an evening that you will be sure to remember! Details are on our web site!