TAYLORSVILLE, Utah Kim Allen of the Taylorsville Utah 16th Ward organized a volunteer playground committee that raised $112,000 in cash and in-kind donations for the construction of a wheelchair-accessible playground.
A ribbon cutting ceremony for the playground, located at Arcadia Elementary School, was held Sept. 11.
Sister Allen started the project to help her son Luke, 6, who has cerebral palsy.
"What began as a project to involve my son has become an opportunity to include as many people as possible," she said. "We've involved everyone at Arcadia politicians, school districts, physical therapists and groups for kids with disabilities. We most especially want to involve every child who has any need or desire to use an accessible playground in this area."
To promote awareness, the playground committee, comprised of five Church members, launched a publicity campaign. Three hundred families in the Salt Lake area that participate in the Family Council organization for people with disabilities are already aware of the Arcadia accessible playground.