Brentwood’s first inclusive playground is now open
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (WTVF) – The city of Brentwood’s first inclusive playground became a reality on Sunday. It has been in the works for over two years.
The City of Brentwood, Rotary Clubs of Brentwood and the Brentwood Rotary Club Charitable Foundation have partnered to raise funds for the nearly $1.7 million project, including the expansion of an adjacent parking lot. But funding also came from anonymous donations and community support.
“This is a great day for Brentwood and the entire community of children and parents who will use this park for years to come,” Mayor Rhea Little said at the grand opening ceremony. “It’s the best example of true teamwork between the city and the community when they work together toward a common goal.”
Named for Miles Peck, Granny White Park’s new inclusive playground in Brentwood has been dubbed “Miles Together”. The park’s namesake has Down syndrome and lives in Brentwood. His mother, Kara Peck, donated $350,000 to the park in honor of her son.
“The Miles for Miles Foundation is thrilled to be part of Granny White Park’s inclusive playground. We are so proud that our community has recognized the need for an enhanced play space for all children and families, regardless of ability,” said Kara. “We felt the name – Miles Together – reflected that, and we’re excited for the fun and joy this playground will bring to our entire community.”
Another child, Maddox Goodgine, died aged five in 2019, but his mother was instrumental in the fundraising process. Leigh Goodgine said the playground will honor her daughter’s memory as other children will be able to play in a space Maddox only dreamed of in his short life.
Another donation was made in the amount of $5,000 to have the Colvin family name placed on a sign in the parking lot. Brentwood Deputy Chief of Police Jim Colvin has a son named Cooper who also has Down syndrome.
“My wife, Angie, and I are extremely grateful to the donors and the town of Brentwood for supporting the playground,” said Jim. “We recently learned of the anonymous donation in honor of Cooper and it left us speechless. The generosity of this community and the desire to include Cooper in the project is something we will always treasure.”
Many community volunteers donated their time and money to make the playground and its grand opening celebration possible.
“Brentwood-based The Parent Company paved the way and started work in December, and just nine months later we are here,” Brentwood Town Manager Kirk Bednar said. during the ceremony on Saturday morning. “We appreciate their hard work and attention to detail every step of the way.
Equipment for the 18,500 square foot playground was installed by Custom Recreation.
Visitors to the playground can enjoy a children’s swing, a children’s ramp, a team swing, a large double-wide slide, a hammock, Harry the hippo , Calvin the caterpillar, a frog sculpture, a dragon head sculpture, a lucky team, jackhammers, a tire climb and more.
The park will be open from dusk to dawn, seven days a week.
You can find out more about this project on the Miles Together Inclusive Playground website.