Anna and Abby’s Yard is a playground designed to serve all families; providing a universal play space and accessible picnic area. The playground is intended to be a place to reflect, to remember and celebrate Love and Joy.
Words can’t begin to express our gratitude for those who have sent cards, given hugs, said prayers, brought over food, worked at our house, taken care of our neighbors, set up fundraisers, honored our girls at events and given to the Memorial Fund. We know that God is using people in our lives to wrap his arms around us and we truly feel his love through all of you.
The Anna and Abby Memorial Fund will only be used to memorialize the girls.
Thank you all so much for everything you’ve done in honor of our girls
Update 3/2014: We are working hard on the plans for the new playground/park behind the District Office. Here is a post that talks about our playground meetings with Anna and Abigail’s friends.
Update 7/2014: Plans are drawn for the new play structure and we are now beginning the next phase, raising funds. We are in the process of developing a kickstarter campaign that will hopefully go live in the next month. We are working on an informational video, layout of rewards for the campaign and also working with a landscape architect on getting all of our ideas into a drawing. We are excited and can see our vision for this space slowly taking shape. There are smiles in Heaven I’m sure.
Update 10/2014: We started an Anna and Abby’s Yard Facebook page that will be updated with fundraisers, plans and eventually will let everyone know when we will be opening the park (smiling). Head here to get more frequent updates ~ Anna and Abby’s Yard Facebook Page.
Update 3/2015: It’s happening ~ slowly but surely!
Update 5/2015: The design for the playground is finally done. We are now working with the District Office and working out specifics with them. Fundraising is in full force with our first Annual Love Rocks Run happening on June 27th with the proceeds to this years run going to Anna and Abby’s Yard. Grants are being written and we will be doing a crowd funding campaign mid summer. We are excited and looking forward to the home stretch.
Update 6/2015: Tom and I just asked the City Council of Forest Grove to except a donation in the form of Anna and Abby’s Yard to be place at Rogers Park. We decided to change the location because we felt that making the donation to the city was a better fit for our family. We are very excited about this change and are still moving forward. To date we have raised just over $100,000. ❤
Update 12/2015: As we approach the end of the year we are so grateful to all of those who have given in some way or another to Anna and Abby’s Yard. In Nov. we met with Game Time and Forest Grove Recreation and are very excited about the new location of Anna and Abby’s Yard at Rogers Park. We also opened a GoFundMe page at https://www.gofundme.com/annaandabbysyard as a place to accept donations and spread awareness of what we are trying to do to honor our daughters. As of Jan. we will have a new little on in our family and we are very excited that Anna and Abby’s Yard will be a place that she will go to feel the love of not only our community but also feel the love and joy of her sisters.Update 3/2017: I’m learning the process of building a playground is a very slow one. There is so much that goes into it and after 3 years of fundraising and dreaming I am happy to say that it is looking like we are on the final stretch. With that said, I have no idea how long that stretch will take but I do see a light at the end of the tunnel. To date there has been $140,000.00 donated to this project by so many kind and generous people from all over the country. The past three years I have received many bags of change (allowance money) from kids in our community and I am always so touched when I take those to the bank to deposit…this playground will truly be built by the kindness and generosity of this community and those that have been touched by Anna and Abby’s lives.
Last week I sat down with the city of Forest Grove’s park department and with MIG (the landscaping design firm working on this project) to talk about the overall design and to brainstorm more ideas for Anna and Abby’s Yard and how it will fit into the larger scope of Rogers Park. I will say that I walked away with so much happiness in my heart and a vision of a truly magical place that will celebrate the lives of my daughters. The overall design of Anna and Abby’s Yard has changed since our original drawings/video but we are confident that the new plans that are in the works are something this community will love. We will be incorporating pieces of our old design from GameTime and weaving that with a more natural play space that will truly set Anna and Abby’s Yard apart from your typical playground. Our goal is to have a place were families can explore nature, play, experience life together and feel love and joy in one of Forest Grove’s beloved parks.
As for a timeline ~ we are in the final stretch and I have no idea how long that will take 🙂 I will let you know when I know.
If you are interested in volunteering with fundraising, pulling together of resources or building please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in making a donation make check out to Forest Grove Community Foundation ~ Anna and Abby’s Yard and send it to Anna and Abby’s Yard c/o Forest Grove Foundation, 2417 Pacific Ave. Forest Grove, OR 97116. Upon receiving your donation we will send you a receipt for tax purposes. All money donated will be used in funding the development and building of their park.
We feel so blessed by how this is all coming together and can’t thank those enough for their time, donations and prayers. We can’t wait to build a space for our community to gather, play and celebrate the lives of Anna and Abby!