Inclusive Playground Fundraising
Thank you for your interest in making a donation to the Waconia Inclusive Playground!
The initial concept of the playground includes an inclusive play system and accessible surfacing, with costs of approximately $600,000 or more. The goal is to fundraise approximately $400,000. The project is currently anticipated in 2023, unless funds can be raised quicker - then the project would start sooner. The City has earmarked some funds for this project and is also working on the concept design for an additional park building with restrooms adjacent to this playground.
There are many ways you can get involved in the fundraising of the inclusive playground. Check out the fundraising ZipKrooz thermometer to see where we're currently at and continue reading to see how you can help! To date, as of November 18, 2019, the playground has raised $124,469.70!
Visit www.waconia.org/playgroundfund (link) to visit the City's Inclusive Playground Fundraising GoFundMe page!
Donations to City Hall
The City also accepts donation checks at City Hall. The checks should be payable to the "City of Waconia" with "Inclusive Playground Donation" in the memo line. On the first and third Mondays of each month, the donations are accepted by the City Council and receipts are issued following the formal acceptance. Checks can be mailed to City Hall at the following address:
City of Waconia
c/o Jackie Schwerm
201 South Vine Street
Waconia, MN 55387
Checks can also be brought to City Hall in person at 201 South Vine Street, Waconia, MN 55387. Normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
There is a committee of private Waconia residents that has formed to assist with the fundraising of this project. Reach out to Jackie Schwerm, Assistant City Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-442-3103, if you are interested in joining this committee
Purchase A Piece
Are you / your family/ your business interested in donating a piece of equipment to the inclusive playground? Take a look at the chart below for the various pieces of equipment available for purchase and reach out to Susan Arntz or Jackie Schwerm if you are interested.
|The Pod Climber features multi-level stand-alone climbers that helps kids develop balance, coordination, and depth perception as they learn to climb in a whole new way.||$263.00 |
|Pod climber generously donated by Jumana Harianawala!|
Pod climber generously donated by Eric, Megan, Lauryn, and Ethan Gruis!
Sway Fun Wheelchair Glider
|The Sway Fun Glider is the first wheelchair-accessible glider that meets ALL safety standards. It includes a play table with cup holders and wheelchair handles and room for two wheelchairs, PLUS two large benches for other passengers!||$14,973.00|
|The Saddle Spinner helps kids learn about cause-and-effect as they use their body weight to spin. Allows kids to spin the day away as their body weight shifts and they develop better depth perception and balance. The seat is set at a 5-degree angle which helps kids discover the relationship between body position and movement. The Saddle Spinner is available in 12" and 16" heights for different age groups.||12" - $1,071.00 (1 needed)|
16" - $1,071.00 (SOLD!)
|16" inch saddle spinner generously donated in memory of Ken Brick by Cynthia and Andrew Brick.|
Wobble Pod Bouncer
|The Wobble Pod Bouncer is great wiggly, bouncy fun for two or more kids! Fun for collaborative play and for kids of all ages. The Wobble Pod Bouncer has several developmental benefits including balance, coordination, core body strength, motor planning, problem solving, and imaginative play!||$1404.00|
|The We-saw is a new take on the traditional seesaw. Its unique design and gentle rocking motion invites kids and families of all ages and abilities to participate in the fun! The We-saw is wheelchair accessible, and like all seesaws, provides opportunities for collaborative play and teamwork!||$9,741.00 |
The We-Saw was generously donated by Kwik-Trip!
|Take a fun spin in the Chill Spinner or just relax in its comfortable seat! The spinning motion offers vestibular stimulation and helps kids understand centrifugal force and cause-and-effect. Textured rubber belting creates a comfortable and secure ride.||$1,869.00 |
|Better than a zip line! ZipKrooz brings new adventure to the playground in an exciting, safe way. It's a long lasting, ultra-smooth ride for kids, ages 5-12. Unlike other playground zip lines, ZipKrooz is a two-way ride, eliminating the need to walk the seat back to start. With its unique track trolley system and comfortable seat suspended by a grippy, rubber-wrapped chain, ZipKrooz was engineered for exceptional quality, comfort and safety. Kids will line up to ride this!||$24,195.00|
(1 needed, includes two bays)
with DigiFuse panels
|The We-Go-Round with Digifuse panels is fully wheelchair accessible and allows kids of all ages and abilities to interact in a themed environment. It can be turned from the inside or outside, allowing everyone to participate in the fun!||$27,775.00 |
|The Cozy Dome offers kids a place to escape the hustle and bustle of a busy playground, take time by themselves, or socialize together. Peek holes throughout let kids and supervisors keep an eye on the action and various textures on the outer surface create a perfect climbing experience.||$4,065.00 |
|Cozy Dome generously donated by the Kelsey and Kalley Short Memorial!|
Alphamaze and Labyrinth Panel
|The Alphamaze and Labyrinth Panel creates a sensory wonderland that encourages exploration, interaction, and develops fine motor skills for children of all abilities.||$500.00|
The Alphamaze and Labyrith Panel were generously donated by Sunny Days Therapy!