Playground

Aliís Boundless Playground in Sertoma Park

Grand Opening

Aliís Boundless Playground in Sertoma Park officially opened to the public at 5:00 PM on August 19, 2009. The occasion was marked by a grand opening celebration that included free food, live music and face painting. Members of the Sertoma Club of Greater Grand Forks cooked and served hamburgers and hot and live music was provided by Kenny & The Classics. Be sure to check out our photo gallery for highlights from the celebration.

Grand Opening Donors
Midwest Coca-Cola Bottling Co. (soda)
Reinhardt Food Service (burgers, hot dogs, buns, plates, etc.))
Eagles Crest Grill/Paul Waind (equipment, cups & condiments)
Nateís Canopy & Tent Rental - (tent)
Grand Forks Urban Development (picnic tables & chairs)
Grand Forks Park District (band shell, picnic tables)
Forx Rentall (tables & chairs)
Big Alís Limousine Service (shuttle bus)
Alerus Center (parking)
Altru Rehab (wheelchair accessible shuttle)
Economy Plumbing (portable toilets & handwashing station)

Cash & In-Kind Donor List
Click here for a list of donors.

How it Began......

Itís Ali Karpenkoís dream to have a community playground that is accessible to children with disabilities.  With the support of her friends, family and various community organizations, she is working to raise $200,000 for a new Boundless Playground to be constructed in Grand Forks, ND in 2008.

Ali, age 14, was born with Spina Bifida. ďI am very blessed, as I have a very mild case of it.  Many of the problems I face are hidden to most, as I am very physically able. I did not begin the playground project for myself. Iím doing it for the kids like me who have a disability, but arenít as lucky as I am.Ē

Boundless Playgrounds are tailor-made for the way children are naturally drawn to play. They are universally accessible so everyone can play side by side at his or her own highest level of ability.

The Grand Forks Park District has donated land in Sertoma Park and will assist in the construction and on-going maintenance of the playground.  Two local organizations, Grand Forks Sertoma Club and The Arc, Upper Valley have teamed up to assist Ali in her marketing and fundraising efforts which will include soliciting donations from local residents and businesses.  The project also has the support of Grand Forks Mayor Mike Brown.

ďI think every kid should be able to have fun and feel like they belong,Ē says Ali.  ďIt would be nice to have a place where kids with disabilities and their siblings could have fun together.Ē

Playground Committee:  Back row (L to R): Pam Solga, Michelle Dudgeon, Danielle Kovarik, Bill Vasicek. Middle row (L to R): Dave Braaten, Shannon Olson, Joan Karpenko, Larry Holweger. Front row (L to R):  Carol Olimb, Ali Karpenko, Kay Derry and George Hastings.

Check out the photo albums from the community build & Grand Opening!

Phase One
Phase Two
Grand Opening Celebration

Project Partners

The Arc, Upper Valley
Sertoma Club of Greater Grand Forks
Grand Forks Park District
National Center for Boundless Playgrounds

The Arc, Upper Valley
2500 DeMers Avenue   PO Box 12420
Grand Forks ND 58208
(701) 772-6191 Phone
(701) 772-2195 Fax