Everything begins with one person and one idea. In early 2017, the City of Waconia received a $5,000 donation from Quinn Larson and his family to kick start the fundraising for an Inclusive Playground for Waconia. Over the past year, the passion and interest in this playground - and providing a space for people of all abilities - has grown. Donations continue to be received at the City, totaling approximately $12,000 as of September of 2018.
Design work for the playground started in early 2019.
In the fall of 2018, the City Council authorized the creation of a 21-member citizen task force to the assist with the design process of the future inclusive playground. The task force began meeting in January, and for the next five months discussed their vision and what they would like to see in Waconia's Inclusive Playground. On June 3, the Task Force presented their vision to the Waconia City Council.
Take a peek at the slideshow below to view the playground design!
The initial concept of the playground includes an inclusive play system and accessible surfacing, with costs of approximately $600,000 or more. The goal is to fundraise $400,000 to $500,000. The project is currently anticipated in 2023, unless funds can be raised quicker - then the project would start sooner. The City has earmarked some funds for this project and is working on the concept design for an additional park building with restrooms adjacent to this playground.
If you're interested in donating, please visit the official GoFundMe page which is sponsored by the City of Waconia.
Please check back periodically for updates regarding this project!