A JANESVILLE PLAYGROUND THAT'S INSPIRED MORE THAN
A HUNDRED OTHER PLAY-PLACES ACROSS THE COUNTRY IS
IN DESPERATE NEED OF REPAIRS.
NEWS 3'S LEAH LINSCHEID JOINS US WITH HOW PEOPLE CAN
SINCE IT FIRST OPENED IN 1993.
MORE THAN A MILLION PEOPLE HAVE VISITED CAMDEN PLAYGROUND.
IT'S A FIRST-OF-ITS-KIND HANDICAP ACCESSIBLE PLAY
AND ITS FOUNDERS SAY IT'S HELPED CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL
NEEDS COME ALIVE WHEN THEY'RE THERE.
NOW, THE PLAYGROUND NEEDS SOME HELP TO STAY ALIVE.
It's easy for Sara Knutson to find an open swing on
this playground for her son, Camden today.
20 years ago, that wasn't the case.
He didn't have nothing to play on, nothing but real
tall slides to go on, no swings to actually grab on
to hold and balance himself.
So, they decided to build one, that fit him.
So he could feel normal.
So disabled children could have some normalcies on
So they could feel alive.
See how he holds onto the railing? That's important
The walkways are wider, the swings more accessible.
for kids like Camden, and everyone else, too.
It equals out the community, it makes disabled children
and normal children come together as one, it makes
the community come together as one.
It's a model playground for playgrounds worldwide.
Before this playground, they were only 40 percent
accessible, and after this playground, they were 80
to 100 percent accessible.
But now 21 years later.
Camden Park is in need of serious repairs.
All playgrounds will deteriorate and this one is starting
This needs repainting, this wood is rotten...
Sara and her family
are looking to raise 30-thousand-dollars
to update the park and its play equipment.
The goal is to keep Camden Playground open for all
types of children.
for generations to come.
5250 no matter what your disability is, we're all
we all want to enjoy the same things out of life that
everyone else has.
THE CITY OF JANESVILLE HAS AGREED TO DONATED 70-THOUSAND
DOLLARS TO THE CAMDEN FOUNDATION TO HELP WITH REPAIRS.
IF SARA AND HER FAMILY CAN RAISE 30-THOUSAND DOLLARS
THEY'RE WELL ON THEIR WAY.
WITH MORE THAN 15-THOUSAND RAISED SO FAR.
BUT IF YOU'D LIKE TO HELP THEM REACH THEIR GOAL.
AN ACCOUNT HAS BEEN SET UP AT JOHNSON BANK IN JANESVILLE.
YOU CAN MAKE A DONATION THERE OR AT ANY JOHNSON BANK
IN THE STATE.
-- DANNIKA --
THANK YOU LEAH.