Variety is proud to announce our community project that benefits children with cognitive and physical disabilities and memorialize past board member, Ashley Okland, is NOW OPEN. The Ashley Okland Star Playground is an all-inclusive playground located within Ewing Park on the southeast side of Des Moines.
The playground, the first of its kind for our Des Moines community, will cater to special-needs kids by featuring adapted playground equipment; however, it will be built to encourage play among children of all abilities, breaking down barriers and fostering friendships. Ashley was a person who energetically enjoyed living life to its fullest and was happiest when others were doing the same; the Star Playground will allow her spirit and energy to live on through the children who play there.
Below is a tentative drawing of the playground.
Every Child Deserves the Chance to Play.