Snoqualmie volunteers push for inclusive playground

Construction fundraising kicks-off with Larry White’s 60th birthday party.

Snoqualmie Parks and Public Works Superintendent Larry White is having a 60th birthday party that will benefit Chelsea’s Dream – a community project aimed at raising money for the construction of a new inclusive playground at Snoqualmie’s Centennial Fields, 39903 Southeast Park St.

This inclusive playground is specifically designed to allow children of all abilities to grow and thrive together, and will offer a fully-fenced, secure space for children who are prone to elopement, and wheelchair accessible structures like swings and merry-go-rounds. The smooth, padded surfacing and ramps make the playground fully accessible to all children and goes above and beyond ADA standards.

Larry’s Birthday Party has a fundraising goal of $10,000 and all are welcome to attend. The event is on April 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Sigillo Cellars, 8086 Railroad Ave. Southeast.

The group of community volunteers behind Chelsea’s Dream believe that this playground will benefit families who live in Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City, Carnation, Preston and Duvall. The W Lovers will be performing live at the party thanks to a generous donation from the birthday boy himself! Wine and snacks will be available for purchase from Sigillo Cellars, who have donated their beautiful space to the cause.

Donations will be accepted at the event, and can be made directly to the City of Snoqualmie for “All-Inclusive Playground Project.”

The dream for an inclusive playground came from Snoqualmie resident, Chelsea Robinson, who recognized the need for a safe, secure, welcoming playground accessible to children and youth of all abilities and strengths living in her community.

Ms. Robinson originally presented her idea to Larry White and the City of Snoqualmie in 2012, and with patience and persistence, kept the project idea alive until the City designated a budget for the construction. However, to make the playground truly inclusive, additional funds are required. Thus, the community volunteers behind “Chelsea’s Dream” will kick-off the fundraising campaign with Larry’s 60th Birthday Party.