There are over 20,000 kids with disabilities in the Des Moines Metro and most playgrounds do not give these children an opportunity to experience the fun and joy of being outdoors with their peers. With your support, Urbandale Parks and Recreation will build an extraordinary, one of a kind inclusive playground for children and families of all needs; enhancing the play experience for all metro residents. If you'd like to be part of the process or would like to donate, call our office at 515-278-3963.
The playground is designed to provide opportunities to children of all ages and abilities, including those with special needs, to enjoy using the equipment and participating in fun outdoor activities. The playground surface has a cushioned rubberized surface to help prevent injuries and has a completely flat surface to eliminate any barriers to wheelchair-bound or visually impaired participants.
Des Moines, Ankeny and Johnston are homes to All-Inclusive playgrounds, however, a playground like this does not exist for youth in the western suburbs. More than 20,000 children with special needs reside in the greater Des Moines area. The Urbandale All-Inclusive playground will offer access to this adaptive park feature to residents in the Western suburbs. We anticipate the reach will include these communities: Urbandale, West Des Moines, Waukee, Clive, Grimes, Granger, Johnston, Windsor Heights, Des Moines West Side, Adel, Cumming, and Perry.
The Playground will be located next to the Urbandale Miracle League field, in Northview Park. Northview Park is also the home of the Urbandale Little League complex, owned by the City and leased to the Urbandale Little League. View the animated fly-over!
To build the playground, purchase and install the equipment, plaza, fence, lighting and other miscellaneous features the project will cost $550,000 to complete.
This project will be spearheaded by the Urbandale Parks and Recreation Department and the Urbandale All-Inclusive Playground Committee, under direction of the Mayor, City Council and City Manager.
Donations: Checks made payable to the Urbandale All Inclusive Playground Project, c/o Urbandale Parks and Recreation, can be mailed to: Urbandale Parks and Recreation, 3600 86th Street, Urbandale, Iowa 50322.
Donations can be accepted as a one-time gift or a multi-year pledge. Large donations of $5,000+ can be multi-year pledged, allowing payment to be spread out over a 3-year period. All donations of $1,000 and more will be permanently recognized at the playground. Questions can be directed to Jan Herke, Director Urbandale Parks and Recreation at (515) 331-6793 or firstname.lastname@example.org.