Local group holds fundraiser for all-abilities park

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Bennett's Village held a fundraiser at Brick Oven where 20 percent of all orders went toward an all-abilities park that the organization is looking to build.

Bennett's Village was named after five-year-old Bennett McClurken-Gibney, who passed away in February due to spinal muscular atrophy.

Bennett's family used to take Bennett to play at an all-abilities park in Richmond, which is the only one in Central Virginia.

Bryan Harris, from Arc of the Piedmont, said that building an all-abilities park in Charlottesville is one of their primary goal for the future.

"We really feel like it's needed," said Harris. "For Bennett and his sister, she did not have a disability and Bennett did and they had to decide where are we going to go and kids should not have to decide where to go."

Bennett's mother, Kara McClurken said that the community's support has been great.

"One of the great things about talking to people is that you learn that everybody knows somebody or has a family member who has been struck by issues of mobility or has had struggles in their life that this kind of playground would support inclusion," said McClurken.

They are looking to raise roughly $5 million within the next four to five years to build the park.

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