Moms On Board spearheads creation of all-inclusive park at Ascarate Park
The park would include activities for children of all abilities, including sensory tunnels and train rides
EL PASO, Texas — El Paso kids with special needs could soon have a better, safer, more fun place to play thanks to the Paso del Norte Foundation and Moms On Board. And you can help, too.
Moms On Board, a member of Paso del Norte Foundation’s Community of Philanthropy, was founded a little more than a year ago with one goal: To help parents who are looking for a way to make the El Paso community better, safer and more fun for families and kids.
Moms On Board is partnering with El Paso County to transform Ascarate Park. With the county contemplating renovations to the 400-acre park, Moms On Board is now raising funds to create an all-inclusive park on the north side of the park’s lake.
El Paso City Council is set to designate Moms on Board Month in celebration of the organization’s efforts.
“A mother in our organization has two boys on the autism spectrum,” co-founder Adrianne Riley Moody said. “She saw a video on Facebook about a kid in a wheelchair who couldn’t play with other kids. Kids with autism have the same challenges; they may be sensitive to noise, distractions or new environments. The video started a lot of discussion on our Facebook page about bringing kids of all abilities together. All signs led to us trying to create an All-Inclusive Park.”
The all-inclusive park would include activities for kids of all abilities, including sensory tunnels, a demonstration garden, train rides and more.
With the land secured, Moms On Board is now working with other organizations that advocate for children with special needs such as autism and Down syndrome, to raise the approximately $2.4 million needed to build the park.
“Moms On Board’s commitment to making the El Paso community even better and safer for families is right in line with the Paso del Norte Foundation’s mission,” said Paso del Norte Foundation CEO Tracy Yellen. “This all-inclusive park would be a welcome addition to Ascarate Park, not only for El Pasoans who have children with special needs, but also for visiting families who bring their children to El Paso for doctor visits.”
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About the Paso del Norte Foundation
The Paso del Norte Foundation exists to support the philanthropic goals of individuals, corporations, foundations and non-profit organizations in our bi-national, tri-state region. The Foundation manages approximately $247 million in assets, has made $169 million in grants and is home to more than 80 donor-advised funds, designated funds, supporting organizations and initiatives. The Foundation’s Community of Philanthropy includes the Paso del Norte Health Foundation, Fundación Paso del Norte Para la Salud y Bienestar, El Paso Giving Day and dozens of other philanthropic efforts — large and small —undertaken by and in support of the people of our region. For more information, visit PDNFoundation.org.