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RAYMORE, Mo. — The Raymore Parks and Recreation department is collecting donations to build “Hawk’s Nest“, an inclusive and accessible playground for children at Hawk Ridge Park.

Our vision is simple – to create a space where everyone can experience the happiness of playing with friends.

The Hawk’s Nest playground at Hawk Ridge Park will do just that. Children of all abilities will be able to play together on a custom-designed inclusive playground.

Vision Statement

The playground will eliminate physical and social barriers so that children of all abilities can play in one place.

Hawk’s Nest will have a variety of custom-designed elements that will assist in creating the largest inclusive playground in Cass County.

  • Safe, smooth, spongy surface
  • Top to bottom ramps
  • Transfer stations
  • Specialized seats and hand holds
  • Slanted and gradual climbing elements
  • High back swings
  • Saucer swings
  • Stainless steel and molded slides
  • Music elements
  • Parallel play
  • Shade
  • Fun and educational play panels

As of July 6, $567,000 has been raised raised out of the goal of $850,000.

The playground will not be the only element at Hawk Ridge Park that is fully accessible.

Raymore Parks and Recreation and Southland Conservatory of Music Partners have teamed up for a benefit concert on July 31 to raise funds for the playground with performances by Bryan Jobi Band, Southland Conservatory of Music Students & Teachers and My Brothers and Sisters.

Monetary donations can be made online and for people looking to volunteer, the playground catalog includes a form that can be filled out and mailed.