June 29, 2005 - The ribbon cutting for
the Ashley Nicole Dream Playground will be held on Wednesday, June
29, 2005 at 10:30 a.m. in Caswell Park.
The playground is Knoxville's first 100 per cent accessible playground
and is named in honor of Ashley Nicole Manes, who suffered injuries
in a 1999 automobile accident that left her paralyzed.
"This playground will serve as a place for parents and children
to play and learn together no matter their disabilities," Mayor
Haslam said. "I'm happy to see the community getting involved
to make a dream happen in Knoxville."
and friends, working under the auspices of the Disability Resource
Center, initiated the drive for the project, soliciting the support
of the City of Knoxville, creating its design and raising some $90,000
in private donations.
Next Jim Howlett, owner of Howlett Equipment and father of a child
with disabilities, led a group of volunteers who devoted hours of
their time to erect the playground.
"This is a prime example of a community partnership making
a neighborhood in Knoxville a better place to live" said Sam
Anderson, Senior Director of Community and Neighborhood Services.
For more information on how the Ashley Nicole Dream Playground
story, visit http://www.dreamplayground.org