A true community-based project, the idea for Berthoud Adaptive Park was sparked from the needs of a Colorado family. Lauren and Richard Bowling are the parents of three young children, five-year-old Braxton and four-year-old twins Mack and Miles. During Lauren’s pregnancy, Mack and Miles were diagnosed with twin-to-twin Twin Transfusion Syndrome and, in either in labor or delivery, Miles was without oxygen long enough to result in a traumatic brain injury, known as Periventricular Leukomalacia, that ultimately led to the development and diagnosis of spastic triplegia cerebral palsy at age two. Though not affected cognitively or verbally, Miles is unable to stand or walk by himself which makes him dependent on a wheelchair for his mobility, freedom and independence.
“We’re excited for this opportunity to give back to the Berthoud community and help create a playground that is fully accessible so close to home,” says Jesse Sommers, co-owner of Berthoud Brewing. “I have three young kids and coach youth sports in Berthoud. I know how important it is for kids to have a healthy outlet to play.”
Because of the high cost of building an ADA accessible and fully adaptive playground, Can’d Aid is organizing fundraising efforts and plans to host community events to provide volunteer labor when appropriate. The goal of the fundraiser is to assist the Bowling family and the project developers in any way necessary to help reach the goal of bringing accessibility and inclusion closer to home for many in the mid-northern Colorado area.
The closest ADA accessible playground to us is 40 minutes away,” said Lauren. “The community had no plans to build an adaptive playground, so we wanted to help provide that space for Miles and other children in the area.
All donations made to the Berthoud Adaptive Park Project will be used to create as many accessible and inclusive options as possible. Local retailer Hometown Liquors, and other area retail partners, have also agreed to support Can’d Aid and Berthoud Brewing’s fundraising efforts this December. Drink Berthoud Brewing this December and help build a fully accessible playground for the community.