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Brooklyn’s Playground lives on with seventh annual cleanup

May 14, 2019

POCATELLO - On Thursday, May 9, members from Leadership Pocatello-Chubbuck rallied together for the annual clean-up of Brooklyn’s Playground. Volunteers helped plant flowers, clean surfaces and repaint the yellow brick road in an effort to get the playground ready for the summer. Leadership Pocatello-Chubbuck prepares members of the community to take leadership roles in the community. Taking on the summer clean-up of Brooklyn’s Playground each year makes the ongoing playground’s legacy possible.

“On behalf of Brooklyn’s Buddies, the long-term care committee for Brooklyn’s Playground, we are extremely grateful for the service and generosity provided by everyone that has been a part of Leadership Pocatello-Chubbuck for the last seven years,” says Jonny Fisher, father of Brooklyn and founder of the park. “They have fully embraced our spring clean-up project to get Brooklyn’s Playground ready for the summer. Without them and ongoing help of the community, the playground would not be able to serve the community as well as it has.”

Founded in 2011, this marks the eighth year of the completion of Brooklyn’s Playground, a fully-inclusive park for children of all ages and disabilities. The idea for the park came from Jonny and Melissa Fisher, who noticed there was not an accessible park for their daughter, Brooklyn, who has spina bifida, to play in Pocatello. 11% of the students in the Pocatello and Chubbuck school districts have a disability, and the playground serves these children as well as anyone else who would like to use it.