Olympic-Themed Fundraiser for Frisco Playground

Organizers are taking a cue from Olympic Games to support Hope Park Frisco fundraising

By Catherine Ross
|  Friday, Jul 27, 2012  |  Updated 6:28 PM CDT
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A group in Frisco is working on Hope Park, a play area designed for children of all needs.

Catherine Ross, Frisco Reporter

A group in Frisco is working on Hope Park, a play area designed for children of all needs.

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Supporters of Hope Park Frisco are taking a cue from the 2012 Olympics Games to meet their Olympic-sized fundraising goal.

The proposed community-funded, accessible park has about 15 percent of its $600,000 price tag, but needs sponsorships and fundraising for the rest.

"We just thought, 'Let's do a little Hope Park Olympics,'" said Jenni Jensen, president of the Hope Park Board of Directors.

The idea spawned the "Hopelympics," a day of outdoor activities, music, a silent auction and raffle.

The proposed playground's design would accommodate children of all abilities, with special areas for visually impaired children, those with trouble hearing and those who need help getting around or fitting into swings.

"It just came to me -- I want to build a park for children with special needs," Jensen said.

Jensen said her family learned how inaccessible most playgrounds are when her daughter, Nora, broke her leg several years ago and used a wheelchair.

"When you take a child in a wheelchair with your three typical children who can run around -- she couldn't do anything at the playground," she said.

More: Hope Park's website

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