The Westside Community Park Phase 1 is Complete!
The Westside Community United Methodist Church (WCUMC) has committed to building a destination public park on the U.S Highway 127 corridor in the Hustonville/Moreland area to meet the needs of the community’s residents and families for recreation, outdoor play, fitness and social connection. It is a multi-phase project that includes two playgrounds, a sand volleyball court, a full size basketball court, a half-mile paved walking trail, a ninja fitness course, U8 Soccer fields, and a picnic pavilion with accessible restrooms, a commercial kitchen, and staging with sound and projection. On May 18th the phase one 8,500 sq. ft. playground opened to the public. This first step was made possible through the generosity of church members, AT&T, the Li’l Cherubs Organization, and a community 5K race.
Phase 2 Begins
Today Westside Community United Methodist Church is announcing their partnership with the Kendyl and Friends Foundation to bring the phase two inclusive playground that much closer to becoming a reality.
“We at Kendyl and Friends Foundation are pleased and proud to announce our partnership with Westside Community Church. Our common goal is to bring an inclusive playground to Hustonville so that the special needs community in the area will have a place to play and enjoy life. Our mission at the Foundation is to bring these playgrounds to every community and we are proud of the community of Hustonville and the Westside Community United Methodist Church for making this a priority. We look forward to this partnership, the work we will be doing together, and the great playground that is going to be built as a result.” Crimson Claycomb, the founder and executive director of Kendyl and Friends Foundation.
The Westside Community Park will immediately benefit the 1,000 kids from 569 families in the Hustonville zip code (40437), but it is designed to serve our greater region of Lincoln, Boyle and Casey counties. In the Lincoln County School district alone there are 203 students with identified special needs that substantially limit major life activities. This inclusive playground and the accessible restrooms in the pavilion are being built to serve them. There will be a wheelchair accessible play structure, merry-go-round and swing. Additionally, the special needs playground will have six different inclusive and adaptive swings, a buddy rocker, communication boards and wheelchair friendly rubberized surfacing.