Kendyl and Friends Playground, Kentucky

Playgrounds are meant to be places that bring children joy. But after taking her young daughter Kendyl, who is nonverbal and uses a wheelchair from contracting meningitis at three weeks old, to a playground where she could not play, Crimson Claycomb became committed to creating a fully inclusive and accessible playground where Kendyl and others like her could play and feel that they truly belonged.

Crimson immediately began designing a playground that would benefit children of all abilities and quickly earned the support of the Park Board, City Council, and County Magistrates. With their help, Crimson and a group of supportive friends successfully raised the money to build what is now Kendyl and Friends Playground at the Jessamine County Campus, located at City-County Park in Nicholasville, Kentucky.

After completing the Kendyl and Friends Playground, Crimson and her team continued their work and founded the Kendyl and Friends Foundation, Inc. — a 501C3 non-profit organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the hundreds of thousands of special needs and disabled children and adults in the community and surrounding area. To date, the Kendyl and Friends Foundation has raised and distributed more than 1.3 million dollars and has built five fully inclusive playgrounds throughout the state of Kentucky. Together, Crimson and the Kendyl and Friends Foundation hope to keep building fully inclusive playgrounds across Kentucky and beyond. Miracle Recreation is proud to be part of bringing these urgently needed playgrounds to life.