WOODBURY, Minn. (WCCO) — A playground like no other in the Twin Cities will soon be built in Woodbury if the group behind it raises enough money.

The Madison Claire Foundation is hoping to raise money for the playground, but not to give it all the fancy bells and whistles, just to make it entirely accessible to children with disabilities.

The Foundation is dedicated to helping children diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy and other life threatening illnesses and disabilities.

The group found a site for the playground off Radio Drive in Woodbury on the grounds of the Bielenberg Sports Complex.

It will be full of features that allow kids who use wheelchairs, walkers and those with developmental disabilities to play freely.

Finding a playground suitable for them is a tough task for many families with kids with disabilities,

“It’s estimated that one in 10 children have some sort of disability that excludes them from either the physical or social play at traditional playgrounds. A lot of those are barriers — wood chips, sand, rocks, lack of ramps,” said Dana Millington, from the Madison Claire Foundation.

Their goal is to raise $600,000 for the playground that will be called Madison’s Place.

Members of the Minnesota Air National Guard have already agreed to donate the labor, but materials and a contractor are still needed.

A fundraising event will be held on Saturday. There will be a 1920s theme and be held at the Van Dusen Mansion in Minneapolis. Tickets are $75 per person or $150 per couple.

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Comments (10)
  1. Doug T says:

    So will it have special attributes to allow non disabled children to use it too?? Or does it exclude the non disabled community?

    Special non disabled parking places etc…?

    1. Come on now! says:

      If not, does it really matter? How many parks are made with the thought of disabled children? OH they get 1 special swing and that is it. I love this idea and so will my clients that I work with. I am a PCA for children with many different types of disabilities. I love this

    2. Diane says:

      You should be ashamed of yourself. The whole world caters to able bodied people. This just shows your level of stupidity – your family must be so proud! Until you have a loved one who becomes disabled or you, yourself, become disabled – keep your asinine comments to yourself. You are heartless and thoughtless!

  2. Grammar Nazi says:

    Disibilies? At least spell it correctly.

  3. Ronnie Bergstrom says:

    They better watch out for the wheel chair slide. ><

  4. Ronnie Bergstrom says:

    They better watch out for the wheel chair slide. >< No it's a good idea. They need fun too.

  5. Duhhhhhhh says:

    I can see it now. ridilin dispensors everywhere. Padded lounge chairs. Hop scotch with one square!

  6. missymessy says:

    What a wonderful gift to disabled children–the gift of more play and fun!! A huge thank you to the Madison Claire Foundation and to the people who contribute. And another special thank you to the men in the MN Air National Guard who will donate the work–volunteering to help in yet another way!

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