Members of the NASCAR community joined Ryan and Krissie Newman at Rescue Ranch on Friday, May 26 for a donor ribbon-cutting and naming ceremony for its new inclusive playground that spans over 10,000-sq. ft.
Thanks to a generous donation from the Dale Jr. Foundation, and a longtime Earnhardt family friend, the new inclusive playground will bear the name: The Earnhardt Family Playground dedicated by Dale Earnhardt Jr., and his family.
Supporting youth, nature and conservation, the Earnhardt family’s values go hand-and-hand with the mission of Rescue Ranch.
“It’s important to me and everyone involved with our foundation to give back to our community, particularly where we can have an impact on kids,” said Dale Earnhardt Jr. “Ryan and Krissie have created an amazing place at Rescue Ranch that encourages a deeper respect and understanding for animals. The inclusive playground is just one piece, but I hope an important piece. If it contributes to the overall experience in any way, then it served its purpose.”
It took just three months to raise the $550,000 needed to build the Earnhardt Family playground housed behind the nonprofit animal welfare organization.
The recreational area includes elements for children with all abilities, including eight wheelchair accessible activity centers, roller and sidewinder slides, sway fun, several climbing walls, one handicap-accessible zipline, custom play barn, swings equipped for children of all abilities and much more.
“It brings us such joy to see children playing on The Earnhardt Family Playground for the first time today,” said Krissie Newman, co-founder and president of the nonprofit organization. “This playground couldn’t have come to fruition as quickly as it did without the support of our generous donors. Our family, staff and donors love this community and are elated that kids of all abilities will finally have a place to play together.”
The new playground will play a part in Rescue Ranch’s educational programs to promote respect for animals and responsible pet ownership, as well as agricultural, environmental and wildlife conservation by providing an additional place for all to play including Critter Campers, school groups and more.
The public is invited to experience The Earnhardt Family Playground at a community ribbon-cutting Saturday, June 3, beginning at 10 a.m. ET and running until noon ET.
More information to come on additional public access opportunities and for more information, please call (704) 768-0909 or visit RescueRanch.com.