McKINNEY (Aug. 31, 2015) — Rhoda Savage, Director of the McKinney Parks and Recreation Department, introduced to the City Council at their Aug. 31 work session, the Rotary’s offer to partner with the Parks Department as part of the Phase 2 plan for Bonnie Wenk Park.
As Savage stated, “The stars were aligned” when the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club approached the Parks Department earlier this year with an offer to raise community funds for an All-Abilities playground. A formal agreement is still to be signed, but the Council’s comments were positive and the Rotary representatives in attendance are encouraged and ready to go.
The playground will be designed to give children with special needs the play equipment that is fun, challenging, appropriate and safe. It will be the first of its kind in McKinney. Conventional play equipment will also be part of Phase 2 making Bonnie Wenk Park an exceptional park for all children and their families.
Last year there were approximately 2,900 McKinney ISD students enrolled as part of the special population in the district. That number didn’t include those children who are not yet in school, those who are home schooled or attending private schools.
Although the playground is for the children, there is also a need to have a playground where parents who are living with disabilities can recreate with their children … and this will be the place. When the agreement is signed, the “hard part” begins ... raising the funds in the community to make this a very special play area.
About the McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club
The McKinney Sunrise Rotary Club (District 5810, Club Number 28762) was chartered on May 22, 1992. The club holds weekly meeting on Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at the Eldorado Country Club in McKinney. The Flag Lease Program is the primary fundraiser for the club to provide health, humanitarian and youth service programs throughout our community, nation and world. For more information, visit mckinneysunriserotary.org.