This Year's Project: McCandless Park Project Final Phase
About Our Organization
Our vision is a proud, attractive community that builds on its history, continually works to ensure a thriving economic, educational, and recreational presence for today and plans to continue it's powerful hometown appeal for generations to come.
Current Project: McCandless Park Project Final Phase
Results happen over time, not overnight. Work hard, stay consistent, and be patient!
Our current estimate to purchase and install the new playground set with a rubber mat base is $146,742.
The generosity of so many people has been amazing. It is because of this support that McCandless Park has seen a major transformation. We are on our last leg of this project and hope to finish soon.
Our final phase of the McCandless Park Project is to purchase and install a handicapped inclusive playground to provide older children of ALL abilities a place to interact with each other and to do what all kids want to do, PLAY! Southern Elementary School currently serves a population where 30% of the students have some type of either physical or cognitive disability. The need for an ADA-inclusive playground is obvious. The playground is designed to provide a sensory-rich environment that enables children to develop physically, socially, and emotionally. It'll be a place that will meet a variety of needs and interests and offer a "just-right" level of challenge for all children, age 5-12. The rubber playground surface allows wheelchair accessibility and will be beneficial for parents, grandparents, and caregivers to accommodate the children they love.
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McCandless Park Project
McCandless Park has seen positive changes since 2016 and those changes must continue till the last phase is complete. Thanks to the 2019 BIG GIVE GAGE we were able to meet that goal and the restroom/concession stand is being built as you read this.
Our final phase is to purchase an Inclusive, Handicapped Accessible playground for the 5-12 year old’s. An Inclusive Playground provides many benefits to children and will be a huge asset to our community.
By making playgrounds inclusive it can resolve many social problems because children of all abilities can play together. Parks and playground equipment shouldn't limit or segregate children. Inclusive playgrounds encourage play, which leads to a mutual understanding, friendships, and a true feeling of community. Further, inclusive play areas also allow adults of varying ages and abilities to actively engage with the children in their care. The playground can become a truly multi-generational gathering space for community enjoyment, socialization, healthy bodies and imaginative fun.
Southern Elementary School currently serves a population where 20% of students are utilizing special education services. The need for an Inclusive Playground is obvious. The total cost of the final phase of this process is $142,962. With your support the WBSAF will be able to provide this much needed, long overdue, benefit to our community.
The WBSAF sees the benefits inclusive playgrounds bring to a community and the development of the whole child – mentally, physically and socially. With the addition of an Inclusive Playground in McCandless Park, the WBSAF is able to do our part to encourage play, which leads to a mutual understanding, friendships, and a true feeling of community.
McCandless Park is a wonderful resource to the families of Wymore.
Our park is in desperate need of a new bathroom facility and concession stand. The cost of this building is approximately $120,000. The current bathroom was built in the 1960's, it lacks lighting, privacy, and most importantly a sink for handwashing. The park is used by travelers, people watching little league baseball games, and families having picnics. The Wymore community deserves a park that is a reflection of a vibrant thriving community.
Although, the bathroom/concession stand is our main priorty at this time we hope to purchase an inclusive, handicapped accessible playground for the 5-12 year olds. Approximately 30% of elementary children in the Southern school district have some type of sensory deficit.
Already over $60,000 has been put into this park with 2-5 year old playground, trash receptacles, benches, picnic tables, a shelter, and security cameras. We have raised another $50,000 toward our next phase.
It gives us great satisfaction to hear our community remark how they appreciate what we have done so far. Please help us continue to move in a positive direction by donating financially. Our community desrves to be proud of this great asset.