The Chehalis Foundation is partnering with the Chehalis City Parks Department to manage a large-scale renovation of Penny Playground in Recreation Park. The existing Penny Playground was built in 1993 and the wooden structures along with the pea gravel surface have gone beyond the original 20-year lifespan. The Chehalis Foundation is fundraising to provide a safer and much improved playground.
The new playground has been designed to be a destination play area with an emphasis on being inclusive, ADA accessible, and with an all-weather play surface. The entire design incorporates:
- Tall towers
- Multiple climbing elements
- Zip lines
- Swings with molded bucket seats
- All-weather play surface
- A variety of slides
- Wheel chair assessible toys
- Unique elevated hillside
- Walking path around the playground
- LED lighting
- Fencing for safety
- Good visibility of children at play
- Shade areas
Playgrounds provide a central meeting location for children to have these experiences. The closest accessible playground is nearly 70 miles away and is much smaller in scope. That’s why we want to create a free to all play environment using inclusive play¬ground equipment that welcomes kids and families of all abilities to learn, play and grow together.
You Can Help Build Penny Playground by Purchasing Fence Pennies!
Add your name or personal message to a Fence Penny or a “family” of multiple coins that will dance and shine on the new Penny Playground fencing!
Fence Pennies will be made of 2.5″ diameter, copper colored metal and suspended from chain link fence surrounding the new Penny Playground. They will be personalized with a message of your choice, up to 36 characters.
Read What Playground Supporters are Saying
“The Penny Playground revitalization has provided us an opportunity to give back to our community and show our children what can happen when people get involved and work together towards building an inclusive world.” Dr. Jessica Homyack & Dr. Tom Gorman Campaign Committee Co-Chairs
“With the new Penny Playground, we can make sure we are upgrading the quality of life for all kids by providing a playground that is accessible to all. It should be inclusive from the standpoint that every child, regardless of their mobility, pushed or carried, should have access. It is heartbreaking to see that some children cannot use the current facility due to their disability or other restrictive conditions."
“Inclusion is very important to us. We want to see more equipment for children with disabilities. Providing a larger footprint for the playground and fewer obstacles will allow parents to more easily watch their children. Having the goal of providing a free and safe place for children has led us to join in the new Penny Playground Project.”
“Connie was so instrumental in fundraising for the current Penny Playground. We are so proud of Penny Playground and how it has served our community for the past 25 years. Raising the money and building it with the collaboration of the entire community, school district, children and service clubs was a highlight of our life. I am happy to be a part of the effort to rebuild it and create a future destination for children to play for the next 25 years. I know Connie would have been thrilled to participate, so please join me and my family in supporting this important project.”
Become a Penny Playground Sponsor
With the support of the community we will create a fun, challenging, and safe Penny Playground that will serve all children of Chehalis and surrounding areas for generations to come. To find out about more sponsor opportunities and ways to support the project please contact: