Unique Fundraiser for Accessible Playground “Bowling Down the Barriers”

By Sara Feijo/Wicked Local Dedham

Organizers are hoping a bowling fundraiser at Dedham Kings will raise enough money to construct Dedham’s first fully accessible playground at Condon Park on Bussey Street.

“Basically we’re shooting for the moon,” said Laurie Reisner, who is organizing “Bowling Down the Barriers” with her husband, Donald. “We’re hoping to raise at least $12,000.”

Donald Reisner, who ran for a one-year term on the Parks and Recreation Commission in April and lost to Chuck DelloIacono, said he decided to organize the fundraiser when he noticed that the swings at the playground the only wheelchair accessible feature.

In January, the Mitigation Committee awarded organizers with $150,000 to build the new playground, which motivated them to proceed with the fundraiser, he said.

“Once we got the $150,000 from the Mitigation (Committee) we knew we were in the area of where we wanted,” he said. “It really gave us the motivation to complete this.”

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