It’s Ali Karpenko’s dream to have a community playground that is accessible to children with disabilities. With the support of her friends, family and various community organizations, she is working to raise $200,000 for a new Boundless Playground to be constructed in Grand Forks, ND in 2008.
Ali, age 13, was born with Spina Bifida. “I am very blessed, as I have a very mild case of it. Many of the problems I face are hidden to most, as I am very physically able. I did not begin the playground project for myself. I’m doing it for the kids like me who have a disability, but aren’t as lucky as I am.”
Boundless Playgrounds are tailor-made for the way children are naturally drawn to play. They are universally accessible so everyone can play side by side at his or her own highest level of ability.
The Grand Forks Park District has donated land in Sertoma Park and will assist in the construction and on-going maintenance of the playground. Two local organizations, Grand Forks Sertoma Club and The Arc, Upper Valley have teamed up to assist Ali in her marketing and fundraising efforts which will include soliciting donations from local residents and businesses. The project also has the support of Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown.
“I think every kid should be able to have fun and feel like they belong,” says Ali. “It would be nice to have a place where kids with disabilities and their siblings could have fun together.”
On behalf of Ali and her friends we thank you for your interest and your support.
Click here for the Donations that have been made to the park.