Each month Groundswell NW selects a local park as the park of the month. This month they’ve chosen the Salmon Bay School playground.
From Groundswell NW:
Salmon Bay School’s playground renovation project has been designed specifically for kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Did you know that ASD affects one in 110 children, and is more common than juvenile diabetes? Families with ASD need playspaces that bring out the best in their kids, and ones which help to turn strangers into friends as neighbors come to play together.
The project is kicking into high gear this fall, and it all begins on October 22nd, 10am-1pm at Salmon Bay School, 1810 NW 65th St. This event, Let’s Play Salmon Bay, is a community-wide celebration of play, inclusion – and fun. Come find out about how the project helps to create a better playground for all kids, how it is helping to re-invigorate what inclusion means in our community, and how collaboration and commitment makes that happen. Volunteers are needed to make the day the FUN-raising event it intends to be, and to help bring neighbors together. Have a project you’d like to share? This is a great way to do so, and a chance for the greater community to show its support.
With matching funding in hand through the Department of Neighborhoods and King County, the project is well on its way to opening the playground next fall, with an additional fundraising goal of $80K. Volunteers are needed on October 22nd to help lead games for kids, share potluck dishes, and donate tables, tents, chairs, and signage. Are you the double-dutch guru of Ballard? The card trick king who wows kids with your magic? Strut your stuff at this event, and introduce kids to the simple and essential value of pure, joyful play! For more information, visit the project’s website, where you can also sign-up to volunteer.