Many have called “play” the work of childhood. Play teaches children how to make friends, make rules, and navigate relationships. But for kids whose disabilities keep them from using playgrounds, those opportunities can be lost. Tyler Area Ambucs, the city of Tyler, Tyler Sunrise Rotary Club, and Child’s Play Inc. are working on the Southside Park All-Inclusive Playground Project, a community playground project for the Southside Park area along the Rose Rudman Trail in Tyler.
The park will be a renovation of the current Southside Park that will include two age-appropriate playgrounds, an enclosed sports court, an updated pavilion, and a music garden. It will also include ramps and turf to make it easier for children, parents, and anyone in a wheelchair to access. The proposed playground will be funded through donations from the community, and volunteers from the community will participate in a build day.
Amanda Storer has been a member of Tyler Area Ambucs for four years and is serving as the volunteer project coordinator for the Southside Park All-Inclusive Playground Project. She also serves as president of this organization dedicated to creating mobility and independence for people with disabilities. “The total estimated project cost is $750,000,” Ms. Storer said. “Our fundraising is underway, and we are seeking area donors and volunteers so this can truly be a community project. Together, we can create a park destination that everyone can enjoy.”
Outside of her service to Tyler Area Ambucs, Ms. Storer volunteers with Gospel Village, a mentoring program of the Boys & Girls Club of East Texas. “It is very important to volunteer in your community and lend your gifts and talents to make a difference. Through volunteerism, you experience unity with others and improve yourself,” Ms. Storer said.
Born in Tyler, Ms. Storer was raised in Henderson, Texas, and has lived in Tyler for seven years. She is a graduate of Henderson High School and earned her associate’s degree from Kilgore Junior College in Kilgore, Texas. Ms. Storer received her bachelor’s degree from Centenary College of Louisiana in Shreveport, Louisiana. She is employed as a physical therapist assistant at East Texas Children’s Therapy Services in Tyler. Ms. Storer is a member of Grace Community Church.
“Tyler has a culture of service and is a diverse and robust community, which makes it a great place to live. I’ve met many selfless people who are committed to striving for the common good,” Ms. Storer said.
For more information about the Southside Park All-Inclusive Playground Project, or to make a donation, please visit www.southsidepark.org.