Support growing for special-needs playground


Associated Press

Posted on March 8, 2013 at 3:02 PM

VINE GROVE, Ky. (AP) — A community in central Kentucky has gotten behind a young girl's request for special-needs equipment at a local park so that she can play with her friend.

Since 9-year-old Rachel Ritchie asked the Vine Grove City Council to consider her proposal during their meeting last month, several officials and businesses have offered to help with the effort which is expected to cost $20,000.

The News-Enterprise ( reports the city plans an auction to raise money for the equipment and is taking donations on its webpage. The Fire Department plans to hold road blocks on March 30 to accept donations.

Ritchie plans to sell crafts she made with friends during a festival later this year to help raise funds.

Meanwhile, several local businesses have also pledged to support the effort.

"I'm just proud that I am her mom," Julie Ritchie said of her daughter's effort. "It's very humbling."

Julie Ritchie said she and her daughter were surprised at how quickly the community embraced the idea.

"I'm just amazed at how much support it has gotten," she said, adding that Rachel is still getting used to all the attention the effort has brought.

"She's overwhelmed," she said. "She keeps saying, 'I just wanted a playground. I just wanted a place where everyone could play.'"


Information from: The News-Enterprise,