PEOPLE FOR PARKS is proud to announce that it has received a $5,000 Quality of Life grant from the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The award was one of 76 grants totaling almost $450,000 awarded by the Reeve Foundation to nonprofit organizations nationwide that aid in providing more opportunities, access, and daily quality of life for individuals living with paralysis, their families, and caregivers.
PEOPLE FOR PARKS will use the grant for a Universal Access playground where children and adults, whether with or without disabilities, can challenge themselves to explore, interact and play on universally accessible playground facilities with independence and dignity. The playground is planned for Wabun Picnic area, east of Minnehaha Regional Park. A universal playground is a playground that incorporates special features to make it accessible to people with disabilities, while also supporting the activities of people without disabilities.
“We’re honored to receive this national grant and grateful to the Reeve Foundation for their support,” says Peggy Halvorson, Falls 4 All committee chair. “We have received another large national grant from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and have received local support as well. Our partnership with the Paul Adelman Endowment Fund for Children with Disabilities and their $80,000 gift is providing accessible ramps and play equipment. The Carolyn Foundation, C.H. Robinson Worldwide, the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the Longfellow Community Council and Wild Rumpus Bookstore have lead the way with local financial support. In addition, there have been numerous individual donors and several fundraisers. We were honored last fall to be notified of a $200,000 Hennepin County Youth Sports award and have $300,000 in Minnesota State Legacy Funding designated to the playground. The Courage Center has agreed to become a Community Partner in this project. We would love to reach a million dollars in funding to make it a true state of the art playground and we’re getting closer and closer.”
People for Parks is an independent, non-profit group dedicated to enhancing Minneapolis Parks. Since 1977, People for Parks has identified and funded over $2 million dollars of special projects and events that improve Minneapolis and its parks. For more information please visit www.peopleforparks.net or Ph 612-925-4249.