PARA Foundation Announces Lead Gift for All-Inclusive Playground Featured

06 Aug 2019
Tuscaloosa’s first All-Inclusive Playground will be built at Sokol Park. Features of the TAPP playground include swings, a fishing bank, soft surfaces, sensory elements, an accessible zip line, and more. Tuscaloosa’s first All-Inclusive Playground will be built at Sokol Park. Features of the TAPP playground include swings, a fishing bank, soft surfaces, sensory elements, an accessible zip line, and more. Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation Authority

The PARA Foundation has announced a lead gift partnership with the Nick’s Kids Foundation in support of the Tuscaloosa All-Inclusive Playground (TAPP). The gift was announced at the annual Nick’s Kids Foundation Luncheon on Thursday, August 1. The first phase of TAPP will be named after the Nick’s Kid’s Foundation.

“Nick and I believe that playgrounds should be for all children including those with special needs,” said Terry Saban, founder of the Nick’s Kids Foundation. “The PARA All-Inclusive Playground will be a fun-filled attraction that will enrich the lives of so many families in our community. Nick’s Kids is proud to make the leadership donation to jump start this fundraising initiative. The PARA All-Inclusive Playground will be a destination for every child in Alabama.”

The Nick’s Kids Foundation has the mission to work together in the spirit of faith and giving in our community and to promote and support children, family, teacher, and student causes. The annual Fall Giveaway Luncheon serves to distribute grants to support those causes each year.

“It is the generosity of the Nick’s Kids Foundation that is allowing PARA Foundation and PARA to take an important first step in integrating our children and adults with disabilities into the mainstream of our community,” said Foundation Board Chair Dr. Barry Mason.

In partnership with PARA, the PARA Foundation has launched a $4 million campaign to build the TAPP at Sokol Park. The playground will be built out in three phases. Phase I will feature a Tuscaloosa themed playground. Custom pieces will be designed to resemble the Bryant Denny Stadium, Denny Chimes, and Bama Theatre. It will include a wheelchair whirl, swings with accessible seats, outdoor music instruments, roller table, spinners, and an accessible poured rubber safety surfacing.

“The venue for the All-Inclusive Playground will be Sokol Park, PARA’s largest, most centrally located and multi-purposed park,” said Gary Minor, executive director of PARA. “This location for the TAPP project is essential to the principles of inclusiveness and the opportunity for all people of all ages play together.”

For information on how you can get involved, or to donate to the TAPP project, please visit tcpara.org/donate or contact the PARA Foundation Development Director, Caroline Lasseter, at (205) 562-3220 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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