Superior Girl Awarded for Efforts for City's First All-Inclusive Park

Taylor Holt
Updated: March 13, 2019 07:23 PM

8-year old Kenna Hermanson is quite the dreamer, and her dream is to make the first all-inclusive, all-abilities playground in Superior a reality.


Her idea came from seeing how the kids with disabilities at her school couldn't enjoy time on the playground.

"I was at school. I was just walking around and I saw that the disability kids just had to sit in their wheelchair and just be pushed around, and couldn't play," said Hermanson. "We have one tiny swing for them."

That's when the determined Bryant Elementary Student's journey began, to make her vision for the park real. It started with a lemonade stand last Summer.

"We raised $250 dollars," said Hermanson.

From there, with help from her mom, it took off.

"We did concession stands at the Guns and Hoses Softball game," said Kalee Hermanson, Kenna's mom.

They raised $700 dollar, but that was still a ways from their $250,000 goal. However, they moved forward proposing thier idea to the City's Parks and Recreation Department, and eventually, late last year, City Council approved $200,000 from thier Capital Improvement Prgoram to fund the playground.

Then, Kalee says the donations started rolling in.

"We had our first donation that next week by Miracle 11 for $1,000.11," she said.

On top of that, they got $20,000 from Husky, and $10,000 from Enbridge, to name a few.

"So I think we're up to $246,000," said Kalee.

To add to those accomplishments, Kenna's efforts earned a state award. Last month in Madison, she became the youngest recipient of the Relentless Badger Award, which is given to people who make their community better for those with disabilities. It was given out by North Country Independent Living.

"They pick about 7 people a year, and I was chose one of them," said Kenna.

She got a standing ovation and was invited back this Summer, where they'll continue to raise money for what they're calling - Webster Dream Park.

"It's so much fun to see her find a way to give back to the community at such a young age," said Kalee.

Kenna's dream is nearing the finish. The park will soon have specialized surfacing for wheelchairs, an inclusive zip line, a sensory garden and more, but her favorite part has yet to come.

"My favorite part I think is going to be to see all the happy faces with everybody at the park," said Kenna.

Construction is expected to begin at the park as early as May. They also looking for feedback on the park name.

"So we have a petition circulating and people can email the City of Superior with their ideas. We want to know if anyone is oppossed to the name change, or if they are for it. At the end of this month, it goes back to the Parks and Recs Committee," said Kalee.

If people want to learn more about the park or donate, they can visit the Webster Dream Park Facebook page.


Taylor Holt

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