Max’s Miles Foundation, the Bloomington-Normal Jaycees, Marcfirst and Autism McLean want to develop the first fully inclusive playground in Bloomington-Normal at Rollingbrook Park, not far from Hauman’s east Bloomington home.
The partnership has raised $200,000 to pay for a special rubberized surface so a wheelchair or mobility device can be independently navigated on the playground.
The funding goal is $300,000 to $350,000 for the project that also envisions specially-equipped swings and merry-go-round, sensory panels and fencing to enclose the playground.
Corin Chapman co-founded Max’s Miles Foundation with her husband, Todd, to provide modified go-carts to help children with physical and mental disabilities explore their world easier.
The foundation is named after her 4½-year-old son, Max, and the park would provide children like him the opportunity to play and interact with children without disabilities, said Corin Chapman.