NORFOLK, NE — Northeast Nebraska’s disabled youth are one step closer to a park they can call their own.
Embrace Park, an all-inclusive park scheduled to start building in spring of 2017, received a check from the Laugh and a Half Marathon today worth 11, 200 dollars. The finances will go to helping the park achieve its goal of letting disabled kids play alongside their friends who have no limitations.
“It will allow kids who use walkers, wheelchairs to play along with other kids,” Afrank said.
Emily Afrank, who is a physical therapist at Faith Regional Health Services, says there is no other park in the area like this one. With nothing to model the park after, Afrank and others developed a brand new design to fit their exact requirements.
“We just started from what the needs were and what we felt would be beneficial to the kids and built it from there,” Afrank said.
In addition to the big contribution from Laugh and a Half, the Embrace Park team is still accepting donations. You can go to the Norfolk Community Foundation’s website to donate.