Updated: Saturday, 11 Jun 2011, 12:08 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 11 Jun 2011, 9:29 AM EDT
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The first boundless playground in Indiana opened at Kreager Park in Fort Wayne Friday.
Taylor's Dream Boundless Playground started as an idea four years ago when Taylor Reuille decided she wanted to play with all her friends, including those with disabilities. One of her friends inspired her.
"Her name was Mallory. She was on the sidelines and couldn't play and wasn't having any fun," Reuille said. "I teared up because it's not her fault. I'm sure if she could choose, she'd want to play with the rest of the kids and I was like I need to help her."
Reuille was only eleven, but she went to the mayor and even wrote the governor. She also started working to raise money for the playground where everyone could play and brought in $10,000 to put toward the project.
"Taylor had a dream and the tenacity to stick through it and we're just privileged and honored to be part of it," Al Moll, the director of the Fort Wayne Parks Department, said.
Boundless playgrounds allow children with physical, developmental, cognitive and sensory disabilities to play too. The one at Kreager Park has three pods of playground equipment and activity areas, a splash pad, accessible ramps and walkways, a picnic pavilion and accessible parking.
"A lot of youth never had the opportunity to enjoy play spaces where they could connect with their friends who aren't challenged. We've had people out here visiting and there are tears in their eyes. They've never had something like this," Moll said.
For Sherry Woodman, the playground is a dream come true.
"I have a brother and sister and I sat a lot and watched them play," Woodman said.
But with the new ramps on the equipment, Woodman doesn't have to watch anymore.
"I felt like a kid again. It's just so cool. I didn't leave here until I went on every part of the playground. I wanted to do it all," she said. "The first thing I did when I got home was call my parents and said, 'Guess what I did today! I played on a playground!'"
Woodman also pointed out that the playground is not only great for children with disabilities, but for parents too.
"I'm a disabled parent and when they were little I couldn't play with them because I couldn't get through the mulch," she said.
The boundless playground has extra cushy astroturf instead.
"It's great because a lot of people with disabilities don't have good balance and if they fall they won't get hurt. It's a little hard to do the chair, but then I get a little extra exercise too," Woodman laughed.
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