‘Celebration of Abilities’ variety show gears up to raise funds for All Abilities Park

Computer rendition of All Abilities Park and Playground - http://www.sgcity.org/allabilities/

ST. GEORGE — The City of St. George and Red Rock Center for Independence are holding a fundraiser in the form of a variety show for the All Abilities Park and Playground Friday at the Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle St., in St. George.

A flyer for the All Abilities Park fundraiser | Photo courtesy of the City of St. George, St. George News
A flyer for the All Abilities Park fundraiser | Photo courtesy of the City of St. George, St. George News

The park will give all the children in the community the chance to play, to grow and to learn side-by-side, according to its Web page. This includes disabled children, who are often unable to participate at standard playgrounds.

“One focus area is the need to ensure that the park and play equipment is adequately shaded to protect park users throughout the hottest seasons of the year,” said Kent Perkins, director of the St. George Department of Leisure. “Many persons with disabilities are particularly susceptible to overheating.”

Scheduled to open this fall, the park will be located at 1851 S. Dixie Drive in St. George, just next to Tonaquint Nature Center.

The park is looking to raise $1 million dollars, and the fundraising event should help put a dent in the amount left to go. The variety show has no set admission price, but a donation of any amount is requested for attendance.

“We are hopeful to raise an additional $700,000 so that we can complete all of the park phases before it is opened,” Perkins said.

Members of the community with differing abilities have been asked to perform their many talents, including piano, violin and ballroom dance.

In addition to the entertainment, Emilie Pinkelman, Perkins’ assistant, said that they plan to have samples of the different options in their donation packet for members of the community who would like to be a piece of the park forever.

“It is our hope that additional individuals, businesses and organizations will ‘get on board’ and help us finish this truly unique facility that will afford play opportunities for all,” Perkins said.

Event details

  • What: “Celebration of Abilities” variety show fundraiser for the All Abilities Park and Playground
  • When: Friday, Sept. 25, at 7 p.m.
  • Where: The Electric Theater, 68 E. Tabernacle Street, St. George

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1 Comment

  • fun bag September 21, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    they might have to take out a second mortgage on the choo-choo train

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