GONZALES, LA (thecreole.com) — Monday night’s City of Gonzales Council meeting saw members of the Board of Directors for Project Kidz Kove show up in strength to request city assistance with funding. Leslie Ickes, who spoke on behalf of the organization, pointed out the importance of the all-inclusive park in the community and the ease it would bring to the many parents who would utilize it.
“There are over 500 kids with physical disabilities in this parish,” she said “and another 1,500 with developmental delays. Currently parents are driving their children to Mandeville solely so their children have the opportunity to play. This park opens up doors for those parents, and will see income generated for the city by those parents using area restaurants and shopping facilities.”
The group presented their balance sheet, which showed that $726,014.85 has been raised in a little over two years. The estimated cost for the completed project is $957,451.68. Essentially, although not asking for the entire amount, the group is looking for assistance with the remaining $231, 436.83. Upon completion, the park will be an area built for those with special needs in mind, incorporating surfaces and equipment that better suits their needs.
Ickes 11 year-old son, Luke, was in attendance and asked if he could say a few words. Luke is a special needs child who spends a majority of time in a wheelchair.
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