What is Rachel's Garden?
Rachel's Garden is a project of the Goodlettsville Fire Department's Kid's Christmas Charity that will install a beautiful all-accessible playground for the City of Goodlettsville.
The playground is named in honor of Rachel West. Rachel is the daughter of Retired Fire Captain Ricky West and is a life-long resident of Goodlettsville. Her testimony made us sure that there is a need for additional park amenities that would allow people of all ability levels to safely and joyously play together. Her story helped the GFD Kid's Christmas fund decide that this project would be a benefit to the City and the dream of Rachel's Garden was born.
Located at Peay Park and adjacent to the Splash Pad and the Delmas Long Community Center, Rachel's Garden will be a beautiful and valuable addition to the jewel that is the Goodlettsville Park system.
The play components will be built on a state of the art, poured in place surface. This material is soft enough for falls, but firm enough for wheels of all types and has the durability and the long lasting professional appearance required of a municipal playground. The components themselves are designed for the full range of abilities - both physical and cognitive. The preliminary design has features that allow direct chair access, some are made for easy transfer from a chair with extra molding and belting for added security, some are small covered spaces where a child can gather themselves after over-stimulation. In Rachel's words, " I like the ability to move my chair up next to my nieces and nephews," which echos the sentiments of a wounded war veteran who was able to play alongside his children at a similar park.
In support of this project, the Kid's Christmas established a separate account under its 501c3, the City of Goodlettsville has dedicated land, and a preliminary design has been created. A kick-off meeting was held with stake holders to seek community input and to enlist them as ambassadors for this project. Fund raising has begun with an initial $20,000 deposit, and ideas for future funding were solicited.
Rachel's Garden is budgeted at $500,000 and the roadmap to our fund raising goal is challenging, but highly achievable based on the generous track record of our citizens. It is our sincere hope that this project can be a community effort that creates new bonds between neighbors and strengthens those that have always been.
City of Goodlettsville
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