Local nonprofit close to donation goal for Pearland's first all-inclusive playground

ByAndy Yanez Community Impact Newspaper logo
Wednesday, September 8, 2021
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Students like little Gigi, who has cerebral palsy, will soon have a new outdoor space to play in! But they need your help first.

As of Sept. 3, nonprofit Forever Parks Foundation is about $95,000 shy of reaching its fundraising goal to bring Pearland an all-inclusive playground.

The fundraising efforts, which began in May, received a huge boost in July when the nonprofit received a $750,000 grant from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. Forever Parks Foundation aims to raise $960,000 to begin the next steps in bringing the inclusive park to Pearland at the Sports Complex at Shadow Creek Ranch, said Nikki Kamkar, board member at Forever Parks Foundation.

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"It's been heartwarming to us how people have heard this story and heard the need for such a playground and really stepped up to donate," Kamkar said. An inclusive playground allows children of all abilities and developmental stages to play in the same space and creates a nurturing environment for all, state Rep. Ed Thompson, R-Pearland, wrote in a Facebook post. Thompson helped Forever Parks Foundation secure the TPWD grant, Kamkar said.

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If Forever Parks Foundation can reach its $960,000 goal, the plan is to break ground in January 2022 and finish by spring 2022.

Some of the features the inclusive playground will include are a wheelchair swing, a sensory tunnel, a music area, a bird-themed hut and a gallery walk with 3D images. The playground can even be used for physical therapy, Kamkar said.

Once the playground is built, there will be a wall near the entrance recognizing all the donors who contributed $500 or more, Kamkar said.

"I think this is going to be one of these ... things that make Pearland so special," Kamkar said.

To donate, visit https://forever-parks-foundation.constantcontactsites.com.

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