Wheaton Park District receives grant for sensory garden playground
|(L to R) Brian Davis, Edward Hospital; Vanessa Peca, Rob Sperl and Sara O’Donnell, Wheaton Park District; Maureen McHugh, DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) executive director; Tammy Presley, Central DuPage Hospital, and Hannah Laughlin, Action for Healthy Kids, pose with a $5,000 ceremonial check from FORWARD.|
The Wheaton Park District received a $5,000 grant from FORWARD (Fighting Obesity to Reach healthy Weight Among Residents of DuPage) for the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association’s sensory garden playground, a universally accessible play environment, in Wheaton.
The funds will be used to complete Phase One of a large outdoor playground area by building raised vegetable gardens.
The playground will include features that encourage different types of physical activities from standard playgrounds, allowing children with disabilities to play side-by-side with their able-bodied peers and creating an integrated play environment.
Along with the Western DuPage Special Recreation Association (WDSRA) and Wheaton Park District, other groups working on the project include the Kiwanis Club of Wheaton Charitable Foundation, DuPage County Forest Preserve District, Shane’s Inspiration and Landscape Structures.
The grant was awarded this month.
FORWARD awarded 19 mini-grants totaling $65,000 to groups that have identified strategies to create healthier environments within their communities to bring about a reversal of childhood obesity in DuPage County.