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.
The Vision for Ann and Abby’s Yard
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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.
If you are interested in volunteering with fundraising, pulling together of resources or building please send a message to email@example.com.
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!