On May 17, 2017, the FM Rotary Foundation in conjunction with the Fargo Park District will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Universal Rotary Playground. A short program will begin at 4pm and will have face painting and animal balloons from 4:30 to 6:30. Cake and beverages will be served while supplies last. 10 years ago, the 4 area Rotary Clubs formed the FM Rotary Foundation in efforts to build a universal playground to commemorate Rotary International centennial in 2007.
Play is a critical part of physical, emotional, mental and social development for EVERY child. Especially for children with disabilities, play is therapy – both physical and emotional. On the physical side, children’s muscles need to be exercised just like anyone else’s. And most importantly, on the emotional side, children need to interact and socialize with their peers. Simply put, kids need to play with other kids. Yet for so many kids with disabilities, their days are spent with parents, doctors, nurses, therapists and other adults. But on fully accessible playgrounds, children with disabilities can swing, slide and climb with their friends – as well as with their siblings and parents – which is literally something they may have never could do before. Our hope was to fill a recreational need the Fargo Moorhead area. Partnering with the Fargo Park District only made sense.
Today the Foundation consists of Rotary Club of Fargo, Fargo West, FM AM Rotary, Moorhead Rotary and FM PM Rotary Club. The universal playground in Lindenwood Park is a thriving play area for children of all backgrounds and is consistently recognized as one of the top places to play in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area.
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