Whicker Park Inclusive Playground
We celebrated the grand opening of our inclusive, community playground for Bluffton and the surrounding communities on June 28, 2017. Whicker Park was created for everyone to use regardless of age or ability, to promote physical activity, improve social skills and to increase acceptance of our differences through playing together and having FUN! Inclusion means all participate and all belong. Our inclusive playground has drawn visitors from the surrounding communities and many other States due to the positive and fun play environment. Whicker Park includes the typical equipment found in most playgrounds such as slides and swings, but with special features to insure access by people with limited mobility. It also includes new designs of equipment that are fun as well as challenging for many of us – over 20 types of inclusive equipment. The playground surface is a special artificial turf that limits the chance of injury while allowing wheelchair and walker access. A pavilion with wheelchair accessible picnic tables is also available at the playground on a first come first served basis for groups or individuals for all types of community events. Playground hours are from dawn to dusk year round. Your financial generosity has been critical to making Whicker Park a reality for all area communities. We continue to have financial need for maintenance, utilities and improvement projects. Our current project is adding a mister cooling tower with drinking fountains for the comfort of our playground visitors. The tower includes 4 misting nozzles and 2 drinking fountains at different height levels. Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in early spring, 2018, financing permitting.
Engraved brick pavers are also available as a donation option. Please contact Heather at the number below for additional information.
Your tax deductible donation can be made through The Wells County Foundation, Inc., 360 N. Main St., Suite C; Bluffton, IN. 46714. Make checks payable to the Wells County Foundation - Whicker Park Inclusive Playground Project. Pay Pal is also available through this website’s Donate button. Thank you for your support! Call Heather for playground questions at 260-824-1253, ext. 1033.
The following companies and Individuals are proud sponsors of Whicker Park. We appreciate their support!