INFUSION OF INCLUSION
Many of us have fond memories of visiting theme parks as children, but not everyone can be so lucky. There are children and parents all across our world that have challenge that prevent them from enjoying theme parks and activities of many kinds. Recently, a group of individuals has come together to give their time and talent to take on the monumental task of developing an amusement park specifically designed for EVERY body, including those with physical and mental disabilities and special needs. Once built, families will visit this park without the fear of a loved one being left out of the fun.
Learn more about what we are trying to do by
listening to an interview with Jamie Vann on
Spirit of Discovery Park will be located in the metro St. Louis area and will provide our guests and their families an amusement park with full access that will feature:
Spirit of Discovery Park will offer inclusion to ALL individuals, with or without special needs, regardless of age, ability or mental acumen; a place where every feature has been designed and crafted in a way that enables them to be enjoyed by EVERY body in the park.
Specifically yet not limited to those individuals and their families with Downs syndrome, Autism, PTSD, any person battling a life threatening disease and the hearing, visually, mentally and physically impaired; welcoming EVERY body in tennis shoes to hospital beds.
Spirit of Discovery Park will further the 501©3 charitable purpose by providing those of ALL abilities and their family members an experience that is equal to that of any other child/person and the experience that child/family may have at a public facility that is NOT ultra-accessible.
By relying on charitable contributions to fund Spirit of Discovery Park and reinvest in it year after year, those of ALL abilities can enter for FREE, delivering reoccurring experiences and memories for EVERY BODY!
Estimated TOTAL Project Cost:
In order to make our park a reality, we need to first employ the Wonderland Development Group to perform an economic and feasibility study. We also need to develop 3-D renderings, architectural drawings, conceptual art work, websites and videos before we can begin fully fundraising.
Upfront Cost for This Work;
These items will be used to make presentations to city governments, elected officials, business owners, corporations, and celebrities. We plan to raise these funds using a short video explaining this project, grants, fundraisers, and community outreach programs. Corporate campaigning will continue through social media and face-to-face networking, delivering the message that people with disabilities and special needs deserve a place that includes them.
Upon donor contributions, press releases will be submitted, website posts with logo recognition and social media blasts will be made in acknowledgment. Once the Park is in place, a donor wall will be displayed prominently, recognizing EVERY donation received.
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SoDP's Community Partners
"We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams,
but now we're too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming.
We should always have dreams." - Herb Brooks
SoDP is honored and grateful for our Community Partners who have supported our dream!