Just last year the Kendyl & Friends Foundation built their first all-inclusive handicap accessible playground at the Anderson Dean Community Park near Harrodsburg. Since then, the foundation has completed another playground in Burgin with three more in the works in Georgetown, Liberty and now Nicholasville.
Crimson Claycomb, the founder and executive director of Kendyl & Friends, says their goal is to bring more inclusive handicap playgrounds all across the region and even the state.
“We want to be able to have inclusive handicap accessible playground for all of our children because these kids deserve and they need something that’s there for them and their families and their community,” says Claycomb.
Before this new planned playground, there weren’t any handicap accessible playgrounds at all across Jessamine County, which impacted many families like the Smith’s and their seven-year-old son Brodie.
Sabrina Smith, Brodie’s mom explained, “When you avoid things for so long because you just can’t do it, it’s like a heart ache when you drive by parks and that’s not where we can stop or where we can play.”
Now, with this new playground in the works, the Smiths say their excited to finally have a place for their son and his friends.
“Now Brody can play with his friends that are like him and kids that are pretty typical. He can play with everybody now, so it’s pretty neat and we’re super excited”, says Smith.
For each fully inclusive handicap playground that Kendyl & Friends Foundation builds, it costs around $300,000, which is why they always rely on donations form the community.
If you would like to help out, you can visit kendylandfriendsfoundation.org or email email@example.com