Photo Essay: Ashaun’s Wish comes true

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Photo Essay: Ashaun’s Wish comes true

The City of Aurora hosted the grand opening of the Red Tailed Hawk Park on Saturday August 24th.

The City of Aurora hosted the grand opening of the Red Tailed Hawk Park on Saturday August 24th.

The City of Aurora hosted the grand opening of the Red Tailed Hawk Park on Saturday August 24th.

The City of Aurora hosted the grand opening of the Red Tailed Hawk Park on Saturday August 24th.

Toli Geshow and Eric Huynh

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After many donations and contributions (one of them being Interact’s Italian dinner), the Rotary Club of Aurora was able to raise $250,000+ to build the first inclusive playground in Aurora. At the Red-Tailed Hawk Park, people gathered around the ribbon ceremony with their Ashaun shirts and witnessed the grand opening. Now, people have full access to an inclusive playground, providing equipment such as a sensory garden and ziplines. Here’s a full gallery on the grand opening of the inclusive playground. For more information on Ashaun’s story click right here.

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  • People gather around the Red Tailed Hawk Park around 9:00 am.

  • Linda Witulski, Interact Sponsor and member of the Aurora Rotary, speaks on the contributions Rangeview students made to create the park on February 9th, 2019 through a fundraising dinner.

  • Ashaun’s mom, Jaime Jenkins said, “I think that there was an excellent turnout and I think for, not only for Ashaun, but all other kids with and without disabilities, it’s an amazing place to come have fun and be a kid.

  • Here is Ashaun: he was a healthy child growing up until his biological grandfather shook and beat Ashaun shortly before his second birthday. After overcoming all the medical obstacles afterwards, Ashaun is now growing and developing by the minute.

  • Ashaun’s family along with city council member, Francois Bergan, pose after cutting the ribbon for the park.

  • The City of Aurora provided a unique motion-sensored xylophone that plays as people pass. Each cylinder is that of each xylophone key.

  • Senior and Interact member Leila Kelly relives her childhood as she rides the zipline. "I’m really happy with how the park turned out,” she said. “It was great to see everyone playing together, regardless of their abilities.”

  • “When I saw the smiles on the children’s and parents’ faces the day the playground opened, I knew we had accomplished what we set out to do,” said Mrs. Witulski. “This playground means a lot to me, as I knew kids with special needs had limited areas to go to play. Now this dream has become a reality.”

  • Rangeview Interact members (from left to right): Julie Varela (senior), Erica Carlos Perez (senior), Leila Kelly (senior), and Autumn Kelly (senior) are a few people within the Interact club who helped fundraise for the park.

  • Along with the playground and water park available for people to use that day, there was also free face painting for people to get.

  • At the end of the day, it is important for everyone to receive an equal opportunity to have fun regardless of the circumstances they may be in -- that is the purpose of his wish.

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