Grant project: Kiwanis Special Playground in Essex County, NJ

Sep 08, 2014
Kiwanis International Foundation President Lance Incitti at playground grand opening

Earlier this year, the Kiwanis International Foundation awarded a grant to the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex, New Jersey, to support their Kiwanis Special Playground project. As a result, the first playground of its kind in the area was opened and installed in July 2014 for children ages 4–11. An inclusive playground designed to be accessible for physically challenged, special-needs and able-bodied children alike, it allows kids to play together and benefit from interaction with their peers.

Club members collaborated with designers from Landscape Structures, a Kiwanis Vision Partner, to ensure the play area includes sensory-stimulating activities and components for children with sight, hearing, mobility and emotional impairments. Members of the Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex worked with members of Key Club International and CKI to install and landscape the playground.

The Kiwanis Club of Caldwell-West Essex, New Jersey, installed the Kiwanis Special Playground.

Kiwanis International Foundation President Lance Incitti was on hand for the grand opening and ribbon cutting. “It was an honor for me to attend the dedication of the playground and see our Kiwanis International Foundation grant dollars at work,” he said. “During the dedication I saw numerous children using the facility, and the smiles on their faces brought a smile to my face.” Our foundation shares the hope of club members that this project inspires the creation of similar parks in other communities. It’s yet another way that your gifts to the Kiwanis International Foundation extend your Kiwanis impact. Explore our website to learn more about our foundation and the projects that your gifts make possible around the world.