What is Play Day? It’s a special day when we’re open only for the guests of the Easterseals Rehabilitation Center of Evansville.
Schoolchildren – like Lance, 15 – look forward to it all year.
Lance is from Utica, Kentucky; he’s an 8th grader at Burns Middle School.
Play Day is also a day for announcements.
That’s Pam from Easterseals talking to Matt, our park president, about plans for the donation.
You see, we donate all the ticket proceeds from Play Day and it’s enough each year for a new project.
This year, the donation topped $36,000, which will be used to add another playground – this time over at the Milestones Children’s Center in Evansville.
Here’s a look at Phase 1:
Will’s Way 2 is named for Will Koch, our late owner and president, who started Play Day back in 1993. Since then, Play Day has raised nearly a half million dollars to support projects for area children with disabilities.
The first Will’s Way playground was dedicated in 2016.
We’re excited to see where Will’s Way (to-the-second-power) will take us!
Each year, it seems there’s a teacher who has to be talked into going on camera (she did GREAT!) along with a student who doesn’t need any convincing (what a charming young man!).
The smiles. The laughter. The caring. We love every second!
If you have sharp eyes, you noticed a blue inner tube next to our Santa statue in the photo of Matt and Pam (second photo from the top of this blog post).
It’s for use on Bahari River.
The blue inner tube includes an insert, so that riders who need extra support to sit comfortably and float on our river will be able to do just that.
Looks wonderful, doesn’t it?
If you or someone in your group or family would like to try using a tube with an insert, just ask the lifeguard at the entrance to Bahari River and we’ll be sure to get you one.
Meanwhile, here’s a reminder that we have a Guide to Ride available with lots of information about abilities needed to ride each ride and slide.
We also provide information on that page about our Calming Room, ride restraints, family restaurants, and even a list of locations for standard-flush toilets around the park.
Another Play Day is over, but we know these thousands of youngsters are already looking forward to the next one.
And so are we.