How Our Dream Began

While visiting my family in Wisconsin, I took my young son to a new playground in a small town called Port Washington. I knew nothing about it, other than the fact that my mother (who lives in a neighboring town) said all of her friends loved taking their grandkids there to play.

The minute we stepped out of the car, I knew this was a very special place. This huge, beautiful playground was unlike any I had seen or been to before. Located on the shores of Lake Michigan, it had an enormous pirate ship to climb on, a lighthouse to explore and an elaborate ramping system.

The sign at the entry said we were at Possibility Playground and it explained it was an all-inclusive, fully accessible playground; a place where able bodied children and children with disabilities, could play side-by-side. Wow! I was truly impressed. Along with everything you see at standard playgrounds, it had therapeutic swings, sensory boards, musical and educational components and more.

What struck me was this little town in Wisconsin, with a population of just 11,250, had this incredible place for children of all abilities to play and there was nothing that I knew of like it in Fort Worth. I knew then and there I needed to bring this amazing concept back home, and thus a dream was born.

– Rachael Churchill

Meet our Board

Rachael Churchill, President, Stay-at-Home-Mom

Rachael Churchill was born and raised in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, a northern suburb of Milwaukee. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee, Rachael moved to Dallas where she worked as an Account Executive for CBS Radio for 10 years. In 2008 she got married, moved to Fort Worth and started her own business, Churchill Media Group. After having her son, Cash in 2010, Rachael reduced her workload to focus on raising her son. It has been the best job of her life.

Sandy Mesch, Treasurer, Mesch McBride PLLC

Sandy Mesch grew up in Arlington and graduated from UT Arlington with a degree in Accounting.  She is currently a partner at Mesch McBride, PLLC, a CPA firm in Fort Worth where she provides tax and financial services.  Her interest in individuals with disabilities grew from her relationship with her sister, who has autism, as well as other children and adults she would meet during her family’s quest to provide a special education for her sister.  “I am so excited to be a part of the creation of a playground that will bring children of all abilities together for play. Not only is it benefitting disabled children, but it also allows more able bodied children to learn acceptance of the perspectives and perceptions of others with limited abilities and to learn they are not so different.”

Corrie Watson, Secretary, Frank Kent Motor Company

Corrie has always called Fort Worth home, not only for her family, but also for her family’s businesses. Corrie, and her brother Will, own the Frank Kent family of dealerships that their great grandfather started in 1935. Corrie’s passion to bring an all inclusive playground to the great city she calls home came from Rachael’s vision. Once Corrie heard the story and did some research, she realized that this is exactly what Fort Worth needs… a playground where everyone can play side by side and where differences disappear in the joyous sound of children playing together. Dream Park will allow children and families of all abilities, to dream together where their only limitation will be their imagination, not a physical one.

Michael Moore

Michael Moore earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. He is Vice President of the Property and Casualty Division at Gus Bates Insurance and Investments and enjoys working for a locally owned company that operates with strong family values and a commitment to giving back to the community.

As well as the Dream Park board, Michael currently serves on the board of the Child Study Center and has also served on the board of the Fort Worth Cystic Fibrosis Chapter, The Fort Worth Chamber, The Fort Worth Zoo Young Professionals, and Leadership Fort Worth. Michael and his wife Shannon live in Aledo with their two girls, Berkeley and Layla.

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