2015-07-02 / Business
DreamCatcher Playground receives $10,000 donation
The DreamCatcher Playground will be open to all children, including those with special needs, and their families.
Old Meadows Park houses the Therapeutic Recreation Unit of the Conejo Recreation and Park District, which provides recreation programming for Conejo Valley area residents with disabilities.
Spearheaded by the Rotary Club of Newbury Park, the project aims to expand, improve and modernize the existing playground, which was built in 1999.
“Being a father of a nonverbal child with autism, I see firsthand how much a person with developmental disabilities craves a different type of play and a different type of setting for play,” said Patrick Miller, president and CEO of CBC.
“Some may crave movement because it helps stimulate them, but they also need to be safe. Some also may lack typical body awareness and balance. On a typical merry-go-round for example, they really can’t control themselves and enjoy the experience.
“This unique playground addresses those issues and provides parents and special needs kids with a place they can go to calm down, have fun and experience the joys of physical activity most of us take for granted,” said Miller.
So far the project has raised just over $ 300,000 of the $500,000 needed.
The project will be built in phases and is expected to be completed by 2016.
The playground will have health, safety and access features as well as sensory processing and calming areas.
Gathering places near the playground will allow for socialization among children and support from families and caregivers.