PICTURES & VIDEO: The Building of the Matteo’s Dream Float at the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena

January 2, 2014 8:00 am · 6 comments

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.

{ 6 comments }

1 Dorothy January 2, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Amazing the work that goes into the floats. Thanks for the work in progress pictures.

2 Atticus Thraxx January 2, 2014 at 9:21 AM

Alot of work and alot of love. A beautiful thing.

3 Chevrolet girl January 2, 2014 at 9:28 AM

Beautiful!

4 MadMom January 2, 2014 at 11:58 AM

I love these pictures. It was great to watch them in the parade. A trophy winner!
I also really enjoyed the Rosie float. We can do it!!

5 Realist January 2, 2014 at 2:04 PM

It’s always a fun parade to watch and nice for the children, except this year. While I personaly do not give two hoots about gays marrying, that they would put it in this parade, where children would be exposed to it, is deplorable. Kids shouldn’t see this.

We don’t have hetrosexual pride parades, (our sexuality, or lack therof is no ones buisness) and I don’t think it’s fair at all to rub everyones face in their personal bedroom choices. Keep it off the streets, there is no prize for making a life choice or engaging in ones natural leanings.

Enjoy your life but please do not force me or my kids to take part.

6 Nom de Plume January 2, 2014 at 2:48 PM

I was so happy to see Matteo’s Dream float in the parade. The announcers should have said it was in the City of Concord so it could have received some recognition, too.

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