Keokuk Playgrounds for Everyone!
The KPLAY Fund was established at The Keokuk Area Community Foundation with the mission of providing inclusive playground equipment for all children in Keokuk, Iowa. KPLAY (Playgrounds for All) plans to raise $250,000 to build or improve public playgrounds throughout Keokuk. Visit kplay.org for more information.
Bentley’s Playground is named for Bentley McGhghy, the four year old son of Matt and Nicole McGhghy. Bentley has faced challenges with cerebral palsy since birth, one of which has been a lack of appropriately adaptive play equipment in Keokuk and the Tri-State region. The goal of Bentley’s Playground is to create a safe and inclusive play area that all children can enjoy. It is the first public playground conceived and built for accessibility by KPLAY, and is located Tolmie Park on Plank Road in Keokuk, also known as North Park.
KPLAY is accepting donations to place handicap-accessible playground equipment in Keokuk’s Tolmie Park. This project has two phases. Phase 1, which consists of a swing set with smooth safety surfacing for fall protection and a music play station, opened in June, 2015. The Phase 2 expansion of Bentley’s Playground is planned for the Fall of 2016. The $250,000 expansion will include up to 6,000 square feet of accessible, adaptive equipment and safety surfaces, with multiple play items to accommodate children of a wide variety of abilities across ages 2 through 12.