Does Hot Springs, Arkansas support Inclusion? Ali's Wonderland

Does Hot Springs, Arkansas support Inclusion? Ali's Wonderland

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Today,  is the Peoples Princess and  my baby girl, Ali's,  12th Birthday. 

I know, I cant process that myself. In celebration of Ali's Birthday, we continue to push forward in our community in the City of Hot Springs, Arkansas, to support Inclusion and recognize our great cause, to build Alis Wonderland Park for All.  

Approximately 5 years ago, Ali's Angel's Foundation partnered with the City of Hot Springs and great momentum was made in the planning and building of an all #INCLUSIVE park that our community NEEDS named Ali's Wonderland, in Honor my daughter, Ali.  Locally and Globally, many followed Ali in her Brave battle to live accomplishing more than most do in their lifetime. At the young age of 7 years old, Ali succumbed to rare and fatal disease known as #Batten disease.  

#Ali'sAngels organized and began to preplan in building an inclusive park in our community and was approached by the #CityofHotSprings to partner and work in collaboration on this great project.  Much great momentum was made the 1st year. Playground has already drawn huge interest among families and community leaders. The playground style is designed to accommodate as many children as possible, regardless of physical, cognitive or sensory ability. For that reason, the playground has been championed by parents of special-needs children seeking a new inclusive play area.


2016, one road block after another was set before our project and now we still stand waiting for the City to provide us with the proper paperwork to secure our donars investments  today. The City of Hot Springs continues to ignore our cause and has not answered any of our questions as to why they are not allowing our park to move forward after the City board of directors approved our project in their City agenda. 


Our requests continue to be ignored and on this special day of Ali's, on her Birthday;  we urge you to #SHARE, this post, to spread the words and gain attention, so we can move forward in Ali's legacy and help our communities need to accessible spaces for our handicapped and special needs. 

 


Nobody who had contact with Ali is ever going to look at a space or an obstruction in the same way. It would be a disservice to Ali to not take her light and her love and push it out on our community.

But you go to a park and what is there to play on for a child with special needs? In most parks, the answer is nothing. In very few parks, the answer is a basket swing. There is little more than that. And how is that fair?

Every child wants to be able to go to a park and play.

How hard is it to add a few pieces that children with additional needs can use? Whether that be a swing that is suitable for a wheelchair, or a swing that can be adapted when using a seat; a round-about that has a space for a wheelchair, or musical/interactive toys; these pieces of equipment are so valued yet so sparse.

Very few places that we had been to  had play areas suitable for Ali, yet the parks that had equipment were amazing. Not just for Ali and other children with additional needs, but for ALL children. What child doesn’t like to be able to play with musical toys or interact with other children?

I’ve lost count of the times my heart has broken when Ali wasnt able to join in with friends or familiy.  When all Ali can do is go on a swing, she is bored within 10 minutes. Yet, if the park had a section with steering wheels and play panels and musical play sections, Ali would have as much fun as other kids. Not only that, but any child could use the equipment. Not only is it suitable for children with additional needs, it is fun, exciting and different for every child.

After all, children love to make noise and be imaginative.

There is little more exciting and fun for a child than to be able to be as noisy as she likes and free to be creative. To make a park adaptive, accessible and fun doesn’t need to be expensive and complicated, it just needs a little bit of thought, and that little bit of thought goes such a long way.

Not only does making a park accessible mean that children with additional needs can join in, it can help to educate every child. Sensory and musical equipment can educate children, teaching them new skills that are vital for development.

So please, take a look at your local park, is it accessible and inclusive? If not, who can you ask to make a change?

After all, every child needs a childhood.

 

Today, is my baby girls 12th Birthday.  I know, I cant process that myself. In celebration of Ali's Birthday, we continue to push forward in our community in the City of Hot Springs, Arkansas, to support Inclusion and recognize our great cause, to build Alis Wonderland Park for All.  


Approximately 5 years ago, Ali's Angel's Foundation partnered with the City of Hot Springs and great momentum was made in the planning and building of an all #INCLUSIVE park that our community NEEDS named Ali's Wonderland, in Honor my daughter, Ali.  Locally and Globally, many followed Ali in her Brave battle to live accomplishing more than most do in their lifetime. At the young age of 7 years old, Ali succumbed to rare and fatal disease known as Batten disease.  


Ali's Angel's organized and began to preplan in building an inclusive park in our community and was approached by the City of Hot Springs to partner and work in collaboration on this great project.  Much great momentum was made the 1st year. Playground has already drawn huge interest among families and community leaders. The playground style is designed to accommodate as many children as possible, regardless of physical, cognitive or sensory ability. For that reason, the playground has been championed by parents of special-needs children seeking a new inclusive play area.


2016, one road block after another was set before our project and now we still stand waiting for the City to provide us with the proper paperwork to secure our donars investments  today. The City of Hot Springs continues to ignore our cause and has not answered any of our questions as to why they are not allowing our park to move forward after the City board of directors approved our project in their City agenda. 


Our requests continue to be ignored and on this special day of Ali's, on her Birthday;  we urge you to SHARE, this post, to spread the words and gain attention, so we can move forward in Ali's legacy and help our communities need to accessible spaces for our handicapped and special needs. Meanwhile, We have watched our City leaders fund other parks as they have ignored our project.  Recently, We have seen a special election called to vote on a Baseball Park to be built in our community, at the cost of taxpayers dollars into millions, that;  the taxpayers have had no input into its design. If this vote wins, then we, the tax payers will be footing the bill and we did not even get to have any input. Is this fair?  Why cant they call a special vote for Ali's Wonderland, where the community has had much input into its design? Why have all of our efforts and dedication been ignored? Not any of the City leaders had taken into account all of the hard work that many in our community have volunteered and given their time to our great cause.  Our community did not ask for this baseball park not were they given any input into the design. Our community has spoken up and has made their voice known about the Great need for Ali's Wonderland Park for All and now we want answers. Thank you for SHARING in Honor of our Sweet Ali on her Birthday. I know that Ali is smiling in heaven as she sees her community make a difference for others just like her and their families and more. 

Happy Birthday, Sweet Ali!  We are so grateful to you! We have been changed forever by your beauty, grace, and angelic smile. And we will never Stop pressing forward in your Legacy for Alis Wonderland park for All in our community.  It's the right thing to do for our City to support our cause and stop holding us back.  

Go to: www.alisangels.org

to learn more about Ali's Wonderland

Video of Ali's Wonderland https://youtu.be/I3_K85KriNg

Http://www.facebook.com/angelali07

Thank you, Ali's Angel's for

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