DeYoung Family

Teresa DeYoung was inspired to fundraise for renovations at Mary Park that would be inclusive for her son, Will, and all other children regardless of ability.

Stanton Township resident, Teresa DeYoung, is fundraising to redesign the playground at Mary Park in New Richmond. DeYoung’s vision is to replace the out-of-date play equipment with a large-scale, inclusive playground, including adaptive equipment supporting many styles of play, accessible surfacing, a dedicated area for sensory play, landscaping and accessible restrooms.

To meet her goal, DeYoung is looking to raise $500,000. Thus far, she’s raised $30,000. Will’s Playground, named after her 9-year-old-son, Will, who has Down Syndrome, has a website with more information and ways to donate. 

Sharon Olson and Margie Siedow own the Friendly Bar in Star Prairie. They sponsor the duck race during Ox Cart Days, raising funds for local charities. “This year we are matching the $2,500 raised through ticket sales and giving $5,000 to Will’s Playground,” said Siedow. “Along with friends Carter Bottolfson, Aggie Jennings and their parents.

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Lola Mercy

"Replace the out-of-date play equipment"? We love Mary Park the way it is. Why not just add to it? We pay much higher taxes in the city of New Richmond. Why should we pay to maintain a Stanton resident's pet project?

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