All Inclusive Playground Frequently Asked Questions
What is the fundraising goal?
What is the timeline for the project?
May 2021 Design Review
December 2021 Complete Fundraising
Spring 2022 Playground Grand Opening
What happens to donor funds if the total needed is not raised in time?
Based on the overwhelming community support we anticipate all funds will be raised/pledged by December 2021. However, in the event of a delay, a new timeline will be determined based on the remaining funds needed and donors will have the option to continue to support the project or decline their pledge.
What makes an "inclusive" playground different from any other playground I see around the city?
An inclusive playground is designed from start to finish taking into consideration the needs of all children - including those with differences in either their physical or cognitive abilities. For example, our playground will have a specialized surface, rather than mulch or wood chips to allow easy access for children who utilize wheelchairs or walkers. We may include tactile surfaces or musical type instruments to appeal to children with sensory processing needs. Every inch, both horizontal and vertical, will be designed to maximize inclusivity and access for all children, while also encouraging them to play independently from their parents or adult caregivers.
How much money does FPF need to raise and what will it go towards?
The all-in estimate for the playground is approximately $950,000 and includes surfacing, fencing, customized equipment and several shade structures. We are prioritizing building this playground to be accessible to ALL of Pearland's kids and adults and have taken into account community feedback as we finalize designs. This playground is NOT included in the current City budget and will require the Forever Parks Foundation to raise the funds to bring this to fruition - that's where we need help from you!
Mayor Cole kicked off the giving by announcing that he will be donating half of his mayoral salary to the Forever Parks Foundation in support of the All Inclusive Playground. Mayor Cole has been a huge supporter of the Foundation for years and is especially passionate about the building of the All Inclusive Playground at the Sports Complex at Shadow Creek Ranch. “I have close family members who have been challenged with physical disabilities and believe all kids deserve a great space to play together.” Thank you Mayor Cole!
I'm really excited about this - how can I help?!
First, stay connected. If you aren't already following us on Facebook please do - that is the best place to get the latest news and updates.
Second, spread the word. Do you have family, friends or businesses you believe may be interested in bringing this playground to our community. Please reach out and tell us! In the next few weeks, we hope to confirm several significant donations but are working to confirm more - this will take everyone's support. There are several opportunities for ongoing recognition throughout the construction and installation of the playground.