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Keep the momentum going for Owen's Playground | IN OUR OPINION

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What an incredible gift that Owen Marshall, and his parents, Stacy and Kelsey Marshall, have given us.

We now have the chance to do something great for our island, our children, ourselves and future generations.

Owen Marshall, who had cerebral palsy, died late last year. He was just 6.

But in the devastatingly sad months since, his parents — buoyed by friends and the larger Bainbridge Island community — have embarked on an ambitious project to celebrate and honor their first son’s life with the creation of an all-inclusive playground that would allow children of all abilities to do what kids should do best: have fun.

Fundraising has begun to help pay for a new playground at Rotary Park, and the project has justifiably earned the endorsement of the Rotary Club of Bainbridge Island and the Bainbridge Island Parks Foundation.

Tremendous thanks are due to the board of commissioners for the Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park & Recreation District, who have given a nod of approval for the playground to be built and have also unanimously voted to name the new facility after Owen.

Now, it’s time for Bainbridge to help make the project a reality. The cost for building such an all-inclusive playground is substantial, and donations are needed to help bring this worthy idea to fruition.

Let’s keep the momentum going for Owen’s Playground. To learn more about the project or to make a donation, please visit www.owensplayground.org.

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