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Boy inspires moms to bring inclusive playground to Cedar Falls

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An 8-year-old boy inspired some moms to bring a unique playground to Cedar Falls. 

It's known as an inclusive park, and it's a place where anyone can play. 

Right now, Greenhill Park is a fun place in Cedar Falls. But for some kids, swinging on the swings or running on the wood chips isn't easy. 

Two Cedar Falls moms are  working to transform the park. 

Beau Weichers is a loving, energetic 8-year-old boy who loves to play.  

He was born with a rare brain disorder. He struggles with communication and balance. 

"He's nonverbal, and he may have the mind of a three year old," his mom says. 

As Beau grows older, his parents noticed a problem. 

"Trying to go to your typical park just doesn't work," Amanda Weichers says. "Right now we're trying to shove an 8-year-old boy into a baby swing."

The little guy inspired his mom and her friend to bring an inclusive playground to Cedar Falls. 

"It's not just a place for kids with special needs. It's not just a place for people with disabilities. It's a place where everyone can go," Weichers says. 

The City of Cedar Falls is behind the project. The plan is for construction to begin next spring.

 The inclusive playground is expected to have everything from a fence around it, to safety surfacing, to wide slides, to restrooms for all abilities. 

the playground is expected to cost between half a million to a million dollars.

The city will donate 65,000 dollars to the project.the rest of the money will come from grants and private donations.

The Cedar Valley 100 Plus Women Who Care Club donated 12,000 dollars to the project yesterday. 

If you would like to donate, click here. 

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