LaFayette mom leading project to bring all-inclusive park to Walker County
A LaFayette mom, who has a two-year-old son with spina bifida, is hoping to bring an all-inclusive park to North Georgia.
She was shocked when she found a park located behind the Walker County Civic Center labeled as a "Special Needs Park," and it wasn't even in conditions for someone in a wheelchair to use.
The mom leading this project is Hannah Funderburk, and she says the park is outdated and needs to be upgraded so children of all abilities can play together.
She described the park as a "poorly equipped, untended, outdated park.”
“We saw a sign that said 'Special Needs Park' so we were outraged, we were outraged at the condition of it and that it was designated for special needs people," said Funderburk.
She tells Channel 3 there needs to be safety surfacing, ramps, stairs, transfer systems, and swings that all children are able to use.
Doctors told Funderburk that her son would have no quality of life and be paralyzed from the chest down. However, her son proved them wrong at an all-inclusive park.
"Ten months ago he took his very first steps on an all-inclusive playground. I would give anything to give that opportunity to another child, another set of parents. I believe future children's lives depend on this park," Funderburk said with a smile on her face.
The Walker County Commission cannot help out financially, but they have been very supportive and are helping her get the word out.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help with the costs.
She is also hosting an event on October 11 and October 23, to talk about plans for the park. The meeting on the 11th will be at the Bank of LaFayette Community Center Ballroom and the event on the 23rd is at the Walker County Civic Center. Both start at 6:30 p.m.