Concord: “All-Abilities” Playground to be Featured in Today’s Rose Bowl Parade

January 1, 2014 8:00 am · 5 comments

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A Concord playground designed for children with disabilities will be featured on a float in this year’s New Year’s Day Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena.

Concord resident and playground visionary Liz Lamach will ride in the parade float along with Christian Campbell, a 17-year-old Concord boy with cerebral palsy, and his mother Kausha King.

Lamach was behind the 2007 building of Concord’s “Matteo’s Dream” playground, a play area developed so that children such as her severely disabled son Matteo could have somewhere to safely play.

Matteo, who was wheelchair-bound and blind, has since passed away, but other children have been able to benefit from the structure that accommodates disabled youth.

More than 2,000 volunteers helped construct Matteo’s Dream in a two-week period in May 2007 and the city provided the site at 2050 Olivera Road and $232,000 in park funds.

Community service group Lions Club International selected the design of Matteo’s Dream for their float in the 125th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade.

The theme of the parade is “Follow Your Dreams.” Lion’s Club members raised more than $500,000 to help build the
playground in 2007.

City officials and the Concord Police Association raised funds to send Christian and his mother to Pasadena for the parade, and Christian was honored by Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla, D-Concord, earlier this month.

According to Lions Club International, Christian, his mother and Lamach arrived in Southern California Monday to help decorate the float for the parade.

Stanford is playing Michigan State at the Rose Bowl this year.

RELATED STORY: Assemblywoman Bonilla Honors “Matteo’s Dream” Founders, Concord Boy who will Ride in the Rose Bowl Parade

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1 Dee January 1, 2014 at 8:17 AM

Watching the parade as I do every year and can’t wait to see this float. Am watching on the Hallmark channel as they as supposed to be commercial free so should be able to see it. Drives me nuts that the other channels have so many commercials that you really don’t see it all. Have been done there twice when I was a kid and it is truly a beautiful site for sure

2 Silva January 1, 2014 at 9:57 AM

Really, REALLY cool. What took us so long? Congradulations to those who surely had to work so hard to make it happen!

3 poohbear January 1, 2014 at 12:08 PM

I was there and helped to build that play ground

4 Pro Fi January 1, 2014 at 12:21 PM

@ poohbear – THANK YOU We use it often and my nephew loves it.

5 CW January 1, 2014 at 9:14 PM

My youngest child has autism and attended the Early Intervention preschool program at the George Miller Center down the street from Matteo’s Dream. She and her classmates really enjoyed their visits to the playground. Thanks so much to everyone involved in making it a wonderful place for special needs kids!

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