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A child’s park for all

Pioneer Park and Lions Park get inspired by children
Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 6:40 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -Pioneer Park and Lions Park had their playground ribbon cutting last week.

To date, Cheyenne has 32 playgrounds that rely heavily on federal grant funding and competitive bidding to maintain or replace them when needed.

When Teresa Moore, the City of Cheynne’s Community Recreation Events Director, received the Community Development Block Grant for Pioneer Park, she went to her 7-year-old granddaughter Kielee and asked what she’d love to see in a playground.

Being an artist like her grandma, Kielee got to drawing.

Something we hadn’t thought of earlier, is to go to the source and find out what kids want.

Teresa Moore-City of Cheynne’s Community Recreation Events Director

She designed a playground with some of her favorites, swings, a zipline and a climbing wall, and then picked her favorite colors, pink, purple and green.

Although pink wasn’t available, the project was completed last week. Teresa invited her daughter and granddaughter to an event.

Kind of a surprise middle of the day. Grandma at work kind of thing...And then I turned to her and said here’s your playground, and her eyes just got super big.

Teresa Moore-City of Cheynne’s Community Recreation Events Director

Kielee realized it was the ribbon-cutting event debuting her park design brought to life. Kielee shared the ribbon cutting with Mayor Patrick Collins and jumped on the climbing wall right after.

Pioneer Park also has ADA universal access design with unitary surfacing (sturdy foam) and a play-share swing that accommodates all children in wheelchairs or special needs.

Teresa says the playground in Lions Park was also inspired by her Deputy Director Jason Sanchez’s new grandson with a playset for little children and is Wyoming-themed.

Kielee and her grandma Teresa helped make one child’s imagination a design come true for all kids.

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