All Abilities Trane Park receives large donation from Mayo

The All Abilities Trane Park project received a $125,000 donation from Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare.

The park will allow people of all ages and abilities to play together in a safe environment without limitations. Construction began this fall on the park, which will be the first of its kind in the Midwest. While an increasing number of playgrounds accommodate individuals with physical disabilities, few across the country accommodate individuals with cognitive, sensory and physical challenges.

“We know that a healthy community requires more than access to quality medical care. That’s why our commitment to the health of our patients, coworkers, families and neighbors extends beyond the walls of our facilities,” says Paul Mueller, M.D., Regional Vice President, Mayo Clinic Health System – Franciscan Healthcare. “We are pleased to offer support for projects that help to improve the health and well-being of everyone in our community.”

“Mayo Clinic Health System’s generous donation will help transform our community. It’s a reflection of the value they place on diversity and the unique contributions of each person. We’re grateful to have them engaged in the project,” says Amy Hendrickson, All Abilities Trane Park Steering Committee and Board Member for the La Crosse Area Autism Foundation.

The $6 million facility will highlight La Crosse as a welcoming place for people with special needs. In addition to proving opportunities for play and recreation, it will allow occupational, physical, and speech therapists from the medical institutions, area colleges and universities and school districts to integrate their therapies into a safe outdoor environment.

“We were pleased to be engaged with this project almost from the start,” says Teri Wildt, Director of Community Engagement. She notes that Katie Bakke, a Mayo Clinic Health System occupational therapists who works with children and adults, serves on the project’s steering committee. “Katie was instrumental in developing the plan for the park. We’re very proud of her contributions to this project,” says Wildt.

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