It was 2012 when the dream for an inclusive playground came to 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.
So Chelsea presented her idea to City of Snoqualmie Parks & Public Works Superintendent, Larry White. Through patience and persistence, Chelsea kept the project idea alive until the City designated a budget for its construction. However, to make the playground truly inclusive, additional funds beyond what the city has allocated are required.
So the offical fundraising starts now…. and kicks off with Larry’s 60th birthday party on Thursday, April 5th from 5PM-9PM at Sigillo Cellars.
In case you haven’t heard already… 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 SE Park Street.
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, along with 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.
According to Larry, this type of playground is something the city doesn’t currently provide and they feel this is a great opportunity to bring community partners together and bring something really amazing to the Snoqualmie Valley.
The group of community volunteers behind Chelsea’s Dream believe this playground will benefit families who live in Snoqualmie, North Bend, Fall City, Carnation, Preston and Duvall.
Larry’s Birthday Party has a fundraising goal of $10,000 and everyone is welcome to attend. 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 in downtown Snoqualmie to the cause. (8086 Railroad Ave SE)
Donations will be accepted at the event, and can also be made directly to the City of Snoqualmie for “All-Inclusive Playground Project.”
Chelsea Robinson commented, “Please come and celebrate one of our biggest champions: Larry White. Larry is a long time Snoqualmie Valley community member and has spent the majority of his life selflessly and generously contributing to his community in numerous ways.”
For additional information visit the Facebook event page.
Learn more about Chelsea’s Dream All-inclusive playground and first fundraiser below: