The butterfly symbol signifies independence, transformation, a sense of natural identity and beauty. That is why we have chosen it to be the theme for the All My Friends Playground at Centennial Park in Grafton. We are a volunteer based charity that is looking to build an all-inclusive playground for children of all abilities to come and play together. Inclusive is defined as “all encompassing”, “all embracing” or “covering everything or everyone”.

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All-abilities playground has
raised 83% of its goal

All My Friends set to break ground this year

By Colleen Jurkiewicz

Special to the News Graphic

GRAFTON — Before long, children of all abilities and their families will have a new play destination right here in Grafton.

With support from community organizations and a passionate group of volunteers and donor base, the All My Friends Playground is on track to make its debut at Centennial Park within the next calendar year.

The idea for the park was conceived by Cedarburg resident Dianne Dyer, whose daughter has autism.

Dyer’s own mom had been instrumental in creating an all-abilities playground in her hometown of Marquette, Mich., and suggested that Dyer look into doing something similar in the Ozaukee County area.

“I thought, of course, that she was crazy – it’s a lot of work,” Dyer said with a laugh.

And it has been – it was all the way back in late 2015 that the concept of the “All My Friends” playground was first discussed with the Grafton Parks and Recreation Board. Dyer, through her charity Living Life With Autism, proposed raising funds for equipment and supplies for a new play area at Centennial Park.

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