COTTLEVILLE, Missouri - The McAuley Playground, an Unlimited Play Inclusive Playground, next to Mercy Kids Mid Rivers was officially dedicated Friday, Aug. 25. The name was chosen in recognition of Sister of Mercy Founder Catherine McAuley, who had special concern for children and women who were poor and underserved.
The dedication of Hansen’s Park and McAuley Playground recognized the hard work by so many to make this park and playground possible. The playground, funded entirely by donations, is a partnership between Mercy Kids, Unlimited Play and the city of Cottleville. Mercy donated the site to Cottleville, which will maintain the park following the dedication.
Like all Unlimited Play playgrounds, it’s a place where limitations are forgotten and differences are celebrated.
"The playground is great," said Bryca Ince, of Louisiana, Missouri, whose son Lincoln visits the Mercy Kids Mid Rivers location weekly. "It's been nice for Link to come over and play before the long drive home after his therapy appointments. It has the softest flooring of any playground I've ever seen, which is great since Link tends to fall often."