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Whicker Park Inclusive Playground

Fellow Community Members,

There is a need for an inclusive, community playground for Bluffton and the surrounding communities. The Whicker Park Inclusive Community Playground plan is illustrated in the enclosed picture. The goal is to create an inclusive playground that everyone can use regardless of age or ability, promotes physical activity, social skills improvement, acceptance of our differences through playing together and having FUN! Inclusion means all participate and all belong. Inclusive playgrounds are known to draw visitors from a 60 mile radius due to the positive play environment. This community playground, open to the public, will be located in Bluffton at the corporate office of Bi-County Services, Inc. The plan includes the typical equipment found in a playground such as slides and swings. It also includes new designs of equipment that should be fun as well as challenging for many of us – over 20 types of equipment. The playground surface is a special artificial turf that limits the chance of injury while allowing wheelchair and walker access. The Boys and Girls Club parking lot expansion has already been completed. This new parking area will accommodate Whicker Park playground visitors, Dream Team T-ball games, Bluffton T-ball League games, Boys and Girls Club activities, to name just a few. The playground pavilion has also been completed. Please visit us to see our progress! Completion of this $700,000 playground is scheduled for the spring of 2017. The Whicker Park Inclusive Community Playground has benefited from a Lilly Endowment GIFT VI initiative grant sponsored by The Wells County Foundation, Inc. This grant ended March 31st and was a big factor in reaching our current donation level of $500,000. An anonymous source has provided new funding for a $1 for $1 matching grant up to $100,000 for qualifying donations, available until January 31, 2017. Your financial generosity is critical to making Whicker Park a reality for all area communities. 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 the Bi-County Services, Inc. website, bi-countyservices.com. Thank you for your support! Whicker Park Fundraising Committee 260-824-1253.

You can also donate by Check directly to:
Wells County Foundation
360 N.Main St.
Bluffton, IN 46714

or

Bi-County Services
425 E. Harrison Road
Bluffton, IN 46714

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