PENDLETON, N.Y. (WIVB) – “Every child deserves the right to play.” Every child deserves the right to play. That’s the motto behind the Mason’s Mission Foundation, an effort to bring an “all inclusive” playground to Western New York.
Jason and Jennifer Evchich have a big goal; they want to build the most inclusive park in Western New York for kids with all abilities. Jason Evchich says, “People keep telling us you’re nuts, you’re crazy, there’s no way this is going to happen.”
The park is something their sons, Mason and Matthew don’t have: Evchich said, ” Locally there’s nothing for them to do. They can sit there and they can watch all the other kids. I just want them all to play together.”
The couple’s sons, 3-year-old Mason and 2-year-old Matthew both have a rare progressive genetic disease that affects their brain and spinal cords.
They cannot walk, sit, crawl, or speak, and cannot play at an average playground.
Evchich said, “These types of parks that we’re going to be opening up at the end of this summer should be a norm everywhere. They shouldn’t be a luxury. And now they’re a luxury.”
Now they’ve reached their fundraising goal for the park in Pendleton, they want to bring support programs and fundraising to other communities across the area.
Evchich said, “We want to help other towns, whether its Elma, whether its Alden, whether its Akron, come to us and we want them to do it right. If you’re going to be inclusive, be inclusive.”
These new renderings show the foundation’s latest plans which will include swing sets, visual and audio tools, a slide, and even a merry-go round, all wheelchair accessible
The plan is to break ground at the end of this month and have an official opening by early fall.