Fundraising is in its final stages for the inclusive Morrison playground




GENEROUS—Above, the Agoura Hills Goldman family accepts a check for $10,000 from L.A. Rams officials to replace the traditional playground gear at Morrison Park (at right) with special equipment. Photos by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

GENEROUS—The Agoura Hills Goldman family accepts a check for $10,000 from L.A. Rams officials to replace the traditional playground gear at Morrison Park (below) with special equipment. Photos by MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers

The Morrison Park Playground project in Agoura Hills got a big boost last week in the form of a $10,000 check donation from the Agoura-based Los Angeles Rams NFL team.

Sponsored by the Westlake Village Rotary Foundation, the Morrison Park Playground group previously entered into an agreement with the city of Agoura Hills to raise funds that will help rebuild the more than 35-year-old playground and make it accessible for kids of all abilities.

In order to break ground on the project, the group says it needs to raise about $500,000. It recently reached the $400K mark and has issued a call to action to bring the fundraising effort across the finish line.

Representatives from the Rams made their $10K donation March 7 in a presentation at Yerba Buena Elementary School in Agoura Hills.

Other donors include the Agoura Youth Basketball Association, which gave $5,000 last December.

“Our goal is to create an inclusive play space where children of all abilities can play together,” said Agoura Hills businessman Ryan Goldman, who is leading the fundraising drive.

 

 

“This playground is specifically designed to be fully accessible for children with disabilities,” said Goldman, who has been working on the Morrison Park project for more than three years.

His son, 7-year-old Skylar, has cerebral palsy and is one of the children who inspired the project. Owen, a 5-year-old wheelchair-bound Westlake Village resident who also has cerebral palsy, is another child who has provided inspiration for the park improvements.

The fundraising team has also partnered with The Canyon club in Agoura Hills to put on benefit concerts.

The park will be the first in Agoura Hills to be accessible by children of all abilities.

“There are so many different kids dealing with challenges, and many of them are mobility related,” said Goldman, whose research on putting the park together has taken him to see facilities throughout the region.

EXCITED—Top photo, a girl in wheelchair shows what some of the new equipment proposed for Morrison Park would be like. Above, Skylar Goldman, a 7-year-old who has cerebral palsy and special needs when it comes to outdoor play, high-fives the L.A. Rams mascot at the March 7 donation. His father Ryan leads the fundraising effort. Courtesy photo

EXCITED—A girl in wheelchair shows what some of the new equipment proposed for Morrison Park would be like. Courtesy photo

He and his wife raised $200,000 through their own hard work. The Yarrow Family YMCA of Westlake Village, whose stated mission this year is to embrace inclusivity, has pledged another $100,000, Goldman said, and the City of Agoura Hills is chipping in $100K.

“This is the final push,” Goldman said. “I think there’s a great chance we will be able to break ground by the end of this year.”

For more information, go to www.morrisonparkplayground.com.

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Skylar Goldman, a 7-year-old who has cerebral palsy and special needs when it comes to outdoor play, high-fives the L.A. Rams mascot at the March 7 donation. His father Ryan leads the fundraising effort. MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers