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Baker City

Geiser Pollman Park

Baker City’s physically disabled youth are a severely underserved demographic. The existing playground equipment at city parks is largely inaccessible for children with disabilities, including playground surfacing materials. ...In the birth to age five population alone, Baker City has several children who have physical disabilities which prohibit their ability to utilize existing play equipment at city parks. Numerous children between the ages of three and five years old, qualify for Special Education services, as well as children between the ages of birth and 36 months who qualify for Early Intervention. Parents of these children find it difficult to visit parks with both their typically developing children and those with disabilities, because the equipment cannot accommodate all of their children. Those children with disabilities are sometimes left out of family outings and community events because they are unable to engage with their peers who are utilizing the play equipment.

Some families of children with special needs choose to leave Baker City in search of a community that can provide this much needed resource, accessible play, for their child. Despite this particular area of deficit, Baker City as a community has rallied together to improve playground options in the past and has made upgrades to outdated equipment. The goal of creating accessible play space is the next step for the Baker City community and believe this need is real and will be recognized by the citizens of Baker City.

Prineville

Old Stryker Field

Prineville, Oregon is a small rural community located in the heart of Central Oregon. The city has a beautiful parks system, however, many of the playgrounds are old and do not meet modern standards for safety and accessibility. ...There are currently plans to build a splash pad in Old Stryker Field close to the downtown area and the city desires building a large-scale playground in the same area, that would be an exciting place for kids and adults alike to play, imagine and learn.

Park designs incorporate outdoor musical equipment, structures that represent local history, a geological discovery area, features that represent Central Oregon nature and wildlife, exercise areas, covered seating areas and many other wonderful components. This project will serve the Prineville community well and enhance the physical and emotional well-being for people of all ages.

Independence

Sunset Meadows Park

Independence is a small rural community in the heart of the Willamette Valley with 10,000 people and growing! The city has dedicated land for a park within the newest neighborhoods but need the help and push to develop it. ...Independence has been deemed the fourth fastest growing city in Oregon and according to new census data, and the population has grown 16.7 percent since 2010. This is due in large part to the City’s investments in community engagement and economic revitalization. With this type of growth comes the need for more housing, more roads, more parks, as well as more programs and services. The City is expanding at a fast rate and have limited resources to keep up with the growth in a way that best serves the diverse population. Independence is also a very young community with a median age of 28 years old compared to the state average age. A third of the population is under the age of 18, and most residential development is targeted towards young families.

The southwest section of Independence is experiencing the heaviest amount of growth with a brand new 60 lot subdivision and an additional 140 housing units under construction. With these new developments, park land was allocated to accommodate these new neighborhoods. This park was named Sunset Meadows Park and as of now is a 1.4-acre piece of grassy land that needs a little push to get started and reach its full potential. Within this specific community there is also a large population of deaf residents. The developing deaf community has approached the City and expressed the benefit in having an all access playground and park within the city. A community playground would give community and children a gathering place to socialize in a fun and safe environment.

Moda & the Trail Blazers Assist the Community

Supporting healthy, active living for all kids

The most important assist the Trail Blazers make during the season is for kids in Oregon communities. We teamed up with Moda to create the Moda Assist Program supporting healthy, active living for kids. For every assist made on the court during the regular season, the Trail Blazers and Moda donate $20 to support building an all abilities playground in the greater Oregon community.


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FAQ

Moda Health and the Trail Blazers decided that we wanted to select cities from all over the state of Oregon that shared similar population sizes and varying levels of need, but who could all benefit from providing equitable park access to all kids, despite ability.

The winner will be selected through a public voting phase for the three finalists. Voting begins on Feb. 20, 2019 at 9 a.m. and ends on March 20, 2019 at 5 p.m. (PDT)

The program lasts for a month and the winner will be announced the day after the voting ends.

Each person can vote once per day by email address. Verification of a valid email address needs to occur in order for a vote to count. Duplicate votes from the same person in the same day will not be counted. Vote tallies will be updated once a day Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. (PDT). Moda retains the right in its sole discretion to make the final decision if there are any questionable practices, such as bot-voting, found during or after the voting process.

Anyone in the U.S. is allowed to vote. Votes submitted outside the U.S. will not be counted.

Yes, we encourage votes once a day throughout the monthlong program. Duplicate votes from the same person, even using a different email address, in the same day will not be counted.

The amount donated to the winning playground project depends on how many assists the Trail Blazers record during the regular season. Moda and the Trail Blazers will donate $20 per assist during the regular season, which is double the amount donated per assist last season.

All kids deserve a place to play, regardless of their physical abilities. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) lays out standards for accessible design, with direction on how to construct play equipment to be readily accessible for individuals with disabilities.

Moda is committed to building healthy communities across Oregon and Southwest Washington. The Moda Assist program does just that, by encouraging active play for everyone in the community.

Moda and the Trail Blazers team up for the Moda Assist program each year. The amount donated to the winning community is directly related to how many assists the team tallies throughout the regular season.

We’re here to help! If you have questions, please contact us at playgroundassist@modahealth.com.

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