Those were the questions two moms from the area, Rebecca Vaughn and Autumn Boyle-Robinson, asked the community when they co-founded Project Playground a year ago. Their goal was simple: to build a playground near Topock Elementary School. The challenge: to raise $80,000 to make their dream come true.
Fundraising efforts started with a $15,000 grant from Kaboom!, a national organization that helps create new playgrounds for kids, and it appeared that the dedicated moms and community supporters were on a three-year track to raise funds and complete the project. That is, until BHHS Legacy Foundation provided a $53,333 grant to push the project forward so that the playground could be completed by late November of this year.
A special groundbreaking ceremony took place on Sept. 24 near Topock Elementary School where Vaughn and Boyle-Robinson also unveiled the park’s design and its new name, “Topock’s Totally Terrific Playground.”