By Margie Wilhelmi, Director of Marketing
This past year has been a challenging one for many of us. COVID-19 impacted the ability of families to gather, play side-by-side, and connect. We were disappointed to not be able to offer our summer play days and other planned events in 2020. We have seen firsthand the power of play and know that so many children missed out on this essential time to grow and explore. The pandemic also impacted our fundraising efforts for the Sensory Garden Playground. We are thankful that before the shutdown, the first phase of the tree house was fully funded and through our end-of-year appeal, we were able to begin installation on the fencing project.
So, you might be wondering, what’s next? As a board, we have continued our mission and have been meeting and collaborating, and are ready to hit the ground running with plans to raise funds for the 5-to-12-year-old playground. Many families have shared input on the need for equipment and play structures for older children, and we could not agree more!
The playground area will include adaptive swings, slides, climbing structures, and other functional play features for those of all abilities. As we finalize our design and equipment plans, in the coming months, we will share more details on our website and on Facebook at /sensorygardenplayground. We hope that you will help us spread the word about our exciting plans.
More good news! We are planning to host our play days this summer, with the first one taking place on June 19. The play days will look a little different due to gathering restrictions, but we’re hopeful that they will still provide us with an opportunity to speak with you, share some of our plans, and give families across DuPage County a way to connect with the power of play.
In the meantime, come out to the Sensory Garden Playground and explore our new tree house!