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Board by board: Building access to the Great Outdoors

February 1, 2017


For more than 20 years, a boardwalk gave the men, women and children of Sunshine access to the beautiful backyard of our 25-acre campus.

The fully-accessible structure wound under towering trees, through a flower-filled field, and along Swan Creek. But rain and snow and ice over the years buckled boards and popped posts. In 2015, Sunshine’s maintenance crews deemed it too unsafe to use. Sunshine would like to rebuild the boardwalk this spring with the help of members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. It was the Pi Kaps who in 1993 built the original structure as part of a national initiative now known as the The Ability Experience and it was a new generation of young men from Pi Kappa Phi who joined other volunteers in 2016 to dismantle the dilapidated structure.

Good news here!  The Pi Kappa Phi will return this spring to help construct an even longer-lasting stretch through our backyard. It’s not inexpensive, though.

Materials alone for the 1,140 feet stretch are estimated at about $70,000.  You can help with a purchase of a $3.27 bolt or a even a $1,600 gazebo or with lots of other options. Call Douglas Siebenaler at 419-865-0251 or email dsiebenaler@sunshine.org for more information or to make a donation. Or send your gift directly by clicking this link here.

And check out this video — what a beautiful backyard!

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