As we previously reported, a float modeled after “Matteo’s Dream”, the all-abilities playground in Concord was in the Rose Parade on New Year’s Day.
The float won the Tournament Special Award for Exceptional Merit.
Concord resident and playground visionary Liz Lamach rode on 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 was “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.
Concord Councilwoman Laura Hoffmeister was also in Pasadena, and was able to ride on the float. She was kind enough to share pictures and video with us showing the building of the float, and also how it looked during the parade.
Thanks to Councilwoman Hoffmeister for the pictures & video! You can click on each one for a much larger view.