Drake's Park is a vision formed by a rare friendship that two boys were lucky enough to find. Carter and Drake became best friends and "brothers"at age 3. They did everything together including church, school, sports, vacations, church camp and building things like tree houses to vehicles. They had a bond and friendship that ended too soon when Drake lost his life at age 15.
In honor of this friendship, we want to build a park for All kids to enjoy. It will encompass many of the activities that Drake and Carter enjoyed. Drake's Park is celebrating our community and our youth by the All-Inclusive focus.By enabling everyone to participate we want to encourage families to create bonds and develop awareness of each unique ability.
When complete it will have a soccer field, basketball and pickle ball courts, a restroom, walking paths and a Pavilion. It will create a “whole environment” that will support active participation of all people, of all ages, and all abilities to encourage wellness.
The most exciting vision is an All-Inclusive Playground. It will be a safe place to challenge minds and imaginations by providing opportunity for physical, social-emotional, sensory, cognitive and communicative benefits of play. These are the fundamental needs for every child of every ability to become a contributing adult. Disability is often mistaken for the inability to experience “normal” because of limitations, but rather it is the limitation of opportunity to participate on an equal level. Disability is not a condition a child has, it is an experience.
An Outdoor Inclusive play destination can be an important part of our community! It is a fundamental statement about our community’s social values and their belief that every child deserves the right to play. Research shows that children who learn how to play together whether it be with their peers or multi-generational have a better understanding and attitude toward others. It builds character and celebrates similarities as well as differences. Huntington County will be a better place to live.
This park is about Love, it is about Friendship, it is about Dreams and having Faith, It is about Families. It is about Healing for the Community that has lost Children too soon.
We need your help to make this dream a reality! You can find on these pages many ways to help or contact and donation links at the bottom of every page.