January 13, 2010

Project spotlight: Cameron's Corner

We have so many amazing playspace projects in process, but once in awhile one really catches my eye.

"Cameron's Corner" in Corona, Calif. is just getting started. Their dream? To be "a place where children of all abilities can learn and play together." They're planning "universally accessible pathways and surfacing, swings with back support, and sensory-rich activities." It sounds fantastic!

What's truly touching, however, is the back story in their first Team Journal entry:

The inspiration behind Cameron's Corner is my daughter Cameron. She was born with a rare metabolic disorder called Non-ketotic Hyperglycinemia, a protein disorder that took her life at the age of three. She was very ill and had many disabilities. One thing I loved to do was take her on walks to the park. Cameron could not talk, was confined to a wheelchair, had 50-60 seizures per day, and was fed by a tube in her stomach .

I enjoyed the park because for a minute I could pretend Cameron was normal as she sat on my lap on the swings. I would have loved to push her in a swing, guide her wheelchair around the ramps and watch her play, but there was no place for her to do that...this is my dream for other parents, a place where they can watch their child with disabilities be a kid. Join me in making a difference in the lives of children with special needs. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

While not every playground project has a story has heart-wrenching behind it as this, I think this Team Journal entry is an excellent example of how you can make a compelling case to potential volunteers and funders. Making the story succinct, personal and relatable is key. Demonstrating the need within the community is also important. 

How will you tell people the story of your playground project? How will you compel them to get involved?

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