Raleigh needs place for all children to play, says mom
Dionne Lester and her husband are helping to lead up an effort to build a new playground at Laurel Hills Park. A fundraiser is scheduled this Sunday.Posted — Updated
A young child's social network is at the playground, says mom Dionne Lester. And that's why Raleigh needs a play place that provides access to children of all abilities.
"We believe all children should have a place with no limitations," said Lester, whose daughter has cerebral palsy.
So far, $546,000 has been raised, including a $450,000 in-kind contribution from the city of Raleigh, which includes some labor and supplies. The total project cost also has increased to $2 million as plans have been developed and costs better identified. The playground will take over more space than the current one and include advanced equipment and surfacing that will allow kids in a wheelchair or walker to play side-by-side with others.
Watch the video for more from Lester about how her family got involved and how you can help with the project.
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