Kendyl and Friends Playground Has Grand Opening

In a little over a year, Crimson Claycomb’s desire to have a playground equipped for her daughter Kendyl and other special needs children has gone from a dream to a concrete reality.

On Monday, May 22, nearly 200 people visited Anderson-Dean Community Park for the ribbon cutting ceremony of the Kendyl and Friends Playground.

“We are so thankful and so blessed that everybody has decided to come out and spend our day with us,” Crimson Claycomb said.

Claycomb kicked off fundraising efforts for the handicap-accessible playground last summer. In just over a year, they were able to raise over $250,000 for the project.

Thanks to their efforts, some children with special needs are getting to play on a playground for the first time in their lives.

The playground is equipped with wheelchair accessible swings, ramps and merry-go-round. Although it is primarily suited for disabled visitors, all children are welcome on the playground, Claycomb said.

Smiles could be seen and laughs could be heard on the 70 special needs students Mercer County and Burgin Schools brought to the festivities.

“This playground is for you,” Claycomb said to the kids. “You are the reason we have worked so hard to give you this beautiful gift. We hope that you enjoy it and continue to come back.”

To learn more, check out this week’s issue of The Harrodsburg Herald.

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