Every child deserves a playground

$6,325 of $50k goal

Raised by 108 people in 34 months
Jason Dutcher   CLEARFIELD, UT
Every child deserves a playground!  Jaylee's park will be a community wide volunteer effort to build the first fully-inclusive and accessible playground in Weber County.  A place where children can come together for a one-of-a-kind, shoulder-to-shoulder play experience, where ALL children can come together, interact, be included and grow, through the gift of play.

We invite you to be part of this effort, and to learn more about the need of an 'Inclusive Playground' in our community.

I started this venture for my own personal reasons, I will start off by telling you those first. 

Every time I took Jaylee to the park, I had to help her get everywhere she wanted to go, and this was fine when she was younger.  As she got older, she got embarrassed when I had to help, so she would rather not do certain things.  This was just the beginning.
I went to Jaylee's school to have lunch with her one afternoon.  When we finished eating, I walked her to the playground and said goodbye.  I sat there and watched from a distance for a while.  She just rolled along the blacktop, doing wheelies, and occasionally interacting with the kids as they left the playground.
She could not join them, because she couldnt even get to the playground, the sand and woodchips make it very difficult for people with disabilities to access a playground.  
No child deserves to play alone at recess.  I have to change this...I will change this.  Cities, Schools, the State, and even the Government have no plans of changing the playgrounds to make them accessible.  Its up to US...WE have to make the change!! 

I started this venture for my own personal reasons, but I will see it through to the end for EVERY child whose ABILITIES are just a little different. 

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Update 12
23 months ago
Just wanted to post an update.
A big Thank you to Casey Chambers and all the wonderful people at Brewskis...who raised $7600 at a Chive meetup to go towards the playground.
Other playgrounds that have been built have taken years to raise the funds and smooth out all the details, so rest assured this playground will happen. We are moving towards our goal slow and steady, 1 dollar at a time. Everyone who has donated, we thank you so much from the bottom of our hearts!
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Update 11
26 months ago
Just wanted to provide a little update. We are in the process of obtaining our 501c3 and things are moving pretty slow. Even though we are a "little" ways off of our goal, we are still hopeful once we become a legitimate nonprofit, we will still be able to build our park. We are in no way giving up, it is just taking some time. I want to say Thank you again to all of our supporters, all of you have helped Jaylee see that she alone can make a difference. Thank you!
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Update 10
29 months ago
Just a quick update. We have a lot of exciting things happening behind the scenes right now, and we can't wait to share them with you! Thank you for your continued support!
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Update 9
29 months ago
We need inclusive play!
We need inclusive play
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Stacy Cowlishaw
8 months ago

Kier corp helped Green Acres school in No Ogden build their special needs playground. I think you and them might make a great team♥

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Nikki Kuculyn
29 months ago

A few reasons why this is important: "Many children with disabilities have few areas in their lives in which they feel able to exercise real choice and control... Play can be a process through which they can regain a sense of control or work through difficult or challenging experiences... Risk and challenge are integral parts of the play experience and it has been said that children with disabilities have an equal if not greater need for opportunities to take risks, since they may be denied the freedom of choice enjoyed by their non-disabled peers... Children need opportunities in their play to learn to judge their own capacities and extend them, explore limits and to experience excitement, nervousness, courage, daring, thrills (and real spills)." http://www.sagepub.com/upm-data/9823_039575.pdf

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$6,325 of $50k goal

Raised by 108 people in 34 months
Created October 25, 2013
$50
Anonymous
24 months ago
JB
$50
J.D. and Kelly Bussio
24 months ago

I'm in a wheelchair and can't get to the playground to play with my grandkids. Make it happen Jaylee!

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KD
$50
Kristin Davis
24 months ago

Keep it up Jaylee!

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TB
$100
Tony Borrego
24 months ago
L
$10
Laur
24 months ago

Your awesome!!! Keep up the good work girl!!! The ONLY DONATION I HAVE EVER MADE FROM THE NEWS ! Your an amazing girl

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SM
$25
Shaun Malone
24 months ago

Let's get this playground!

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$10
Nicole Trammel
24 months ago (Monthly Donation)
JF
$20
john fullmer
25 months ago
$10
Nicole Trammel
25 months ago (Monthly Donation)
TQ
$50
Tara and Quinlan
26 months ago

As always you continue to inspire people little miss Jaylee! :)

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Stacy Cowlishaw
8 months ago

Kier corp helped Green Acres school in No Ogden build their special needs playground. I think you and them might make a great team♥

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Nikki Kuculyn
29 months ago

A few reasons why this is important: "Many children with disabilities have few areas in their lives in which they feel able to exercise real choice and control... Play can be a process through which they can regain a sense of control or work through difficult or challenging experiences... Risk and challenge are integral parts of the play experience and it has been said that children with disabilities have an equal if not greater need for opportunities to take risks, since they may be denied the freedom of choice enjoyed by their non-disabled peers... Children need opportunities in their play to learn to judge their own capacities and extend them, explore limits and to experience excitement, nervousness, courage, daring, thrills (and real spills)." http://www.sagepub.com/upm-data/9823_039575.pdf

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