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Name unveiled for Marble Falls inclusive park; fundraiser Aug. 25

Wyatt's Clubhouse inclusive park in Marble Falls

Wyatt's Clubhouse, the new inclusive playground in Marble Falls, will be fit with ramps, solid surfacing, fencing, and harnesses to ensure children of all abilities can enjoy the equipment and space. Courtesy image

The Marble Falls Inclusive Play Group recently unveiled the new name of the organization’s playground project after a contest was held on the group’s Facebook. Wyatt’s Clubhouse was chosen after the organization narrowed down over 80 submissions to seven. 

Among the other names were Marble Falls Imagination Station, Hill Country Happy Place, Discovery Park, Friendship Park, Everyone’s Playground, and Warrior Park.

In a video uploaded to the organization’s Facebook page, Marble Falls Inclusive Play Group Secretary Ashley Crouse explained her deep connection to the new name.

“In 2019, our son Wyatt suffered a traumatic brain injury and our lives will never be the same since that day,” Crouse said in the video. “Before that day, I never thought I would be standing here as an advocate for an inclusive park, because before that day, this kind of thing didn’t (affect) me. It didn’t (affect) our family and now its our everyday.”

Inclusive playgrounds are parks designed to meet the accessibility needs of children of all abilities. Oftentimes, these parks include harnesses, solid surfacing, and ramps to ensure anyone can enjoy what the park has to offer. 

“Having an inclusive park in Marble Falls would mean our family going to the park together and being able to enjoy it together,” Crouse said.

While hotly debated for years, the city of Marble Falls does not have an inclusive playground. Currently, parents of children with disabilities must drive to Round Rock or Temple for their children to play on accessible playgrounds. 

Another fundraiser for the park is planned from 5-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25, at Double Horn Brewing Company. Twenty percent of the proceeds of any food or drink will go toward the playground.

During the group’s first fundraiser at Save the World Brewing Company, the organization raised $14,000 for the park. Initial cost projections estimate the group will need to raise roughly $1.4 million to cover all costs for the project.

In an ongoing fundraiser, fence posts and park components are still available for purchase via Google Form located on the group’s Facebook page.

nathan@thepicayune.com