Play for all
In 2016, Park Place Christian Church took part in a study to help refocus its mission. As a result, the Church shifted from a membership-based philosophy to mission-driven activity, this lead members to focus on caring for community, city, and world rather than on membership numbers. This realignment focused on three outcomes, two of which have already been met in the successful creation of a community prayer garden and the community vegetable garden. The third focus is a community playground.
The Wichita Falls community does not currently have an All-Inclusive Playground. We believe all children should have the right, regardless of ability to play in an inclusive, accepting environment. Playground equipment should invite inclusion and open conversations. Park Place Christian Church owns enough land to house a large all-inclusive playground that will ensure children of all abilities are able to laugh, learn, play, and grow in a safe, encouraging environment.
Landscape Structures Incorporated and its partner, Whirlix Designs, have been providing playground equipment that affords all children with the ability to play and grow together since the 1970’s. These companies provide a lasting product that will benefit children in the Wichita Falls and surrounding areas for generations to come. One of the playground arrangements that provide equal opportunities for typically developing and differently-abled children is featured in the photo above.
To finance the project, the Church looks to partner with corporations, service clubs, foundations, and grant sources within our community. Contributions will be tax deductible. Levels of sponsorship will be available, and contributors will be acknowledged on a sponsorship board in the park. Along with donations by the Church, the project will be fully funded through these means.
The why is simple: Over 1,700 differently abled children in Wichita Falls and surrounding areas are currently without a public place to play. By partnering with The Upside, Advocacy and Advancement for Individuals with Down Syndrome, and other organizations in our area, we can change that and create a brighter, all-inclusive future for our children.
Donations can be made through the Givelify App, available for Android and iPhone, the Play for All Community Playground Go Fund Me page or through an account set up at Wells Fargo Bank for Play for All.
For more information please contact:
Park Place Christian Church
attn: Candy Tucker
4400 Call Field Road
Wichita Falls, TX 76308
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