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Donations Fund The First "Boundless Playground" in Kansas

Part of the team working to create the Boundless Park in Sedgwick County, Kansas. From left, are Stephen Perry of design firm McCluggage, Van Sickle & Perry, Brent Dome of Sunrise Rotary, Pat Gallagher, project chair, Tom Winters of Sedgwick County, Ron Holt of Sedgwick County.

Members of the West Sedgwick County-Sunrise Rotary Club, in Wichita, KS, are teaming up with a local full service landscape architectural firm to convert an aging playground into a "boundless playground."

The playground will be the first park in Kansas designed by Boundless Playgrounds, a Connecticut-based charity that helps groups build playgrounds where all children can play side-by-side, especially kids with handicaps who may feel alienated at typical playgrounds.

Boundless Playgrounds are 70 to 80 percent accessible to kids with any disability--going way beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act requirements of 50 percent accessibility. The playgrounds typically feature wheelchair ramps connecting different levels of forts, tree houses and waist-high sand boxes--this allows kids to play on most of the playground's features without leaving their wheelchair, walker or other support equipment.

Inspired Planning

The Sunrise Rotary Club is sponsoring a "dream and design party" where local kids will be asked to draw or build their dream playground with crayons, Tinker Toys and Lincoln Logs. Those inspired drawings and models will be used by the Boundless Playground architect who designs the park equipment.


McCluggage, Van Sickle & Perry, a Wichita landscape architect firm, is donating its services to plan the playground landscape. In addition to those design services, the Sunrise Rotary Club needs to raise $600,000 in order to purchase and install the park equipment.

Boundless Playgrounds is a nonprofit organization devoted to creating play environments where children and adults of all abilities can exercise, play and grow together. Typical playground features include forts and tree houses built on a foundation of rubber safety surfacing, and often include interactive areas like this "spin and win" panel.

Architect Stephen Perry says the job will benefit the firm almost as much as it will help the children. "It's a unique and worthwhile project," he said. "There isn't another playground like this around [the Wichita area]. We wanted to be involved because it sends a message to the community that we're willing to help; we're willing to do good work."

The playground will be built at Sedgwick County Park in west Wichita, the area's main recreational facility. Construction will start when fundraising is complete, near the spring of 2005.

Imagine being able to help five million children with a small donation. Boundless Playgrounds has numerous opportunities for stewardship including a "wishes and dreams" program, memorials, workplace giving programs and many more.

Sixty-three Boundless Playgrounds have already been built in 18 states. To volunteer or donate to a Boundless Playground project in your area or to learn more about "universally accessible" playground design, log onto the Boundless Playground's website at

Source: The Wichita Eagle


More than five million children in the United States alone have some type of disability that makes it hard or impossible for them to enjoy traditional playgrounds.


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December 6, 2019, 1:41 pm PDT

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