The Big Dreams Accessible Park in Tuolumne looks almost ready to open.
The cushiony rubber surface has been installed, the main play structure has been erected and landscaping including fresh sod has been laid. The main play structure can be accessed from the soft rubber surface or a large accessible ramp and has plastic details resembling wood with educational boards around it with track marks of local animals and ranger station windows for imaginative play.
A play gas station is erected at one end of a concrete trike path and at the other end are drinking fountains and a bench. Swing sets are up at the far end of the park with several types of swings. The park also features a musical section with an extra large xylophone and drums.
“How do I sum up seven years of planning, staying awake at night and waking up early in the morning wondering about all the things that need to be done,” said Sarah Garcia. “It’s kind of surreal. My kids and I go out there every day and check on what’s new. ”
She said her stepfather, Clint Neher, of Soulsbyville, has worked there almost every day after he gets off work since ground was broken in May 2018.
She said other volunteers have worked with him as well and Boyer Construction has coordinated outside contractors.
The park’s grand opening is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29 at the park on Fir Street in Tuolumne. This year marks the seventh annual Big Dreams Starry Night Family Dinner in White with this year being open to all ages and free. Attendees are encouraged to wear white attire and bring their own picnic dinners. Big Dreams will provide dessert and non-alcoholic beverages and music will be performed by the band Lucky CuZn. A silent auction and drawings will also be held.
“I’m just really excited to see this all come together and celebrate with everyone especially our children in September,” Garcia said.