BELCHERTOWN, Mass. (Mass Appeal) - It’s a boundless playground where children and adults of all abilities will have a place to have fun without barriers.
The goal is to create an all-inclusive playground where everyone can live beyond their boundaries. Mother of the playground’s namesake, Vicky Martins-Auffrey joined us to share updates.
About Jessica’s Boundless Playground:
Jessica Martins, a Belchertown daughter who lived with Rett Syndrome, succumbed to complications of the H1N1 virus in October, 2009 at the age of 19. Jessica lived a full, boundless life in spite of being confined to a wheelchair. One way we are remembering Jessica is by building a boundless playground in her honor.
JBP will be the only 100% all-inclusive playground in the area. It will be a multi-generational activity structure that engages people of all ages and abilities and designed so that disabled citizens and the elderly can enjoy along with everyone else. Our playground will also allow wounded veterans in long-term rehab to experience the healing power and simple joy of playing with their own children.
The playground will cost upwards of $400,000 to build. Team Jessica has hosted several fundraising events over the past few years and the effort has raised $207,555, including two Community Preservation Act grants from the Town of Belchertown totaling $100,000 and the Beveridge Family Foundation grant of $40,000.