Playground equipment is being installed. It won’t be long now!
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!