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What is Folsom's new Play for All park?

By: Gretchen Tobin, Special to the Telegraph
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By Gretchen Tobin Special to the Telegraph Sometimes dreams really do come true. The members of the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom had a dream. They had heard about Shane’s Inspiration and dreamed of such a special playground for Folsom, designed to be universally accessible to children of all abilities: socially, physically and emotionally. With a lot of hard work and outstanding support from the local community, Style Media Group, Sacramento’s First 5 Commission and the City of Folsom, this dream is becoming a reality. The Rotarians worked with Shane’s Inspiration and Folsom’s Parks and Recreation Department to design the park situated near the Folsom Zoo in Folsom Lion’s City Park. Construction began in February on Play For All and the dedication of the first phase of the park was recently held. This is a magical place where children with special challenges can play together with friends and family at a wonderful new kind of playground. Several years ago Catherine Curry-Williams and Scott Williams had a son, Shane, who was born with a severe spinal defect and only lived for a few weeks. But, thanks to his loving parents, Shane left behind an inspiration that is changing lives all over the world. His parents knew that if Shane had lived, he would have spent his entire life in a wheelchair. They realized that far too often children with disabilities are denied one of the fundamental joys of childhood, the simple ability to play independently on a playground designed to be fun and accessible for all children. Thus inspired by their son, they have worked to promote a new kind of playground where children of all abilities can play together. The members of the Rotary Club of Historical Folsom were touched and motivated by Shane’s Inspiration. They started a fundraising campaign to make Play for All a reality. Last fall, with the help of outstanding cooperation and financial support from the City of Folsom and a grant from California’s First Five Commission, the initial phase of the project was fully funded. This, however, is just the beginning of the dream as the second phase of the Play for All park, oriented toward ages 6 to 12, remains to be done. The Rotary Club of Historic Folsom has designated Play for All Phase II as the major beneficiary of the 2010 “Playing for A Purpose” Gold Rush Invitational Golf Tournament, happening this Friday at Empire Ranch Golf Course. Help make dreams come true for more of the community’s children by generously supporting this year’s golf tournament and the Play for All park. Foursomes are still welcome. To sign up, call (916) 799-9492 or visit goldrushinvitational.com. Gretchen Tobin is a past president of the Rotary Club of Historic Folsom. The club meets at 7 a.m. every Thursday at Lake Natoma Inn in Folsom. * * * KNOW AND GO What: Gold Rush Invitational Golf Tournament When: 1:30 p.m., Friday, June 11 Where: Empire Ranch Golf Course, Folsom Cost: $100 per golfer Info: (916) 799-9492 or goldrushinvitational.com