Bowling Family & Can’d Aid Raise $1 Million to Break Ground on Berthoud’s First Inclusive Play Park

 02/25/2024 | 02:34 PM 
Can’d Aid’s Berthoud Adaptive Park Project nears its fundraising goal, with more than $650,000 in recent donations from the Town of Berthoud’s Board of Trustees and the Farmstead Development team

Can’d Aid’s Berthoud Adaptive Park Project nears its fundraising goal, with more than $650,000 in recent donations from the Town of Berthoud’s Board of Trustees and the Farmstead Development team

Berthoud, Colo., February 14, 2023 – The Bowling Family in partnership with Colorado’s Can’d Aid, the nonprofit dedicated to rallying volunteers and getting kids active and creative through its Treads + Trails program, is ecstatic to announce the Town of Berthoud’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously to use a cap of $650,000 of uncommitted park development and improvements funds toward the Berthoud Adaptive Park Project. The park’s developer, Schroyer Resources, with LGI Homes in ColoradoDream Finders Homes and Post Modern Development, also donated $200,000 to the area’s first inclusive-play public playground, bringing the total donations for the park to over $1 million to date. 

 
Miles Bowling serving lemonade with a smile, at an annual Berthoud Adaptive Park fundraiser.

Miles Bowling serving lemonade with a smile, at an annual Berthoud Adaptive Park fundraiser.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the playground, which is currently accepting business sponsorships for select adaptive equipment, is confirmed for April 2024, with volunteer-led events and construction continuing throughout the summer and fall. 

 
The vision for an adaptive park in Colorado’s Front Range was inspired by Lauren and Richard Bowling and their family. The Bowlings began advocating for an accessible park in the Berthoud area on behalf of their son Miles, who lives with cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair. The playground will be a premier destination for inclusive play, allowing people of all abilities to come together and play. 
 
After winning a cash prize in an art contest, six-year-old artist and entrepreneurial philanthropist, Eli reinvested his winnings to purchase supplies to host his own lemonade stand along with his crew of helpers (brothers, Samson and Ottis, and cousins Jolene and Julia).

After winning a cash prize in an art contest, six-year-old artist and entrepreneurial philanthropist, Eli reinvested his winnings to purchase supplies to host his own lemonade stand along with his crew of helpers (brothers, Samson and Ottis, and cousins Jolene and Julia).

“Thank you to the Board of Trustees for helping us make this dream a reality. Their game-changing vote of support will push our project closer to the finish line, but this park has been a true community effort from the beginning,” says Lauren Bowling. “People of all ages and backgrounds have come together, from individual donations to corporate sponsors, to help make Berthoud a place that provides healthy and fun opportunities for all children.”

 
The park is also made possible by local fundraising efforts, including the Bowling family’s iconic annual Lemonade Stand which raised nearly $40,000 over the course of three years. In 2024, the Berthoud Adaptive Park Project is continuing to raise funds for sponsored equipment that will make the park as accessible and inclusive as possible. The park also hopes to find a sponsor for a permanent Lemonade Stand, providing a space for the community-minded children in the area to continue to hold fundraisers for future community projects. 
“We are so close to making this park a reality and can’t wait to put the cherry on top  with these final donations,” said Can’d Aid Director Diana Hicks. “Working with the Bowling Family the past few  years has been inspiring, and we have been blown away by their continued advocacy and ability to rally donors and volunteers to help reach this goal.”

About Can’d Aid
Can’d Aid is a nationally recognized nonprofit that rallies volunteers from all walks of life to build thriving communities. Through their unique integrated approach, they  increase access and opportunities for underserved youth to experience music, arts and the outdoors; and protect and restore the environment. Since its inception in 2013, more than 3.2 million cans of water have been distributed, over 18,000 skateboards and bikes have been built for underprivileged youth, more than 3,700 instruments have been donated and the equivalent of 73 million aluminum cans have been recycled. To donate, volunteer or learn more, please visit candaid.org.

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