Moda Assist and the Portland Trail Blazers want you to vote for the park that should receive the donation to help build an all-abilities playground.

Each person can vote one time per day for the playground location, until March 20, 2019. The Portland Trail Blazers teamed up with Moda to create the Moda Assist Program supporting healthy, active living for kids. For every assist made on the court during the regular season, the Trail Blazers and Moda donate $20 to support building an all abilities playground in the greater Oregon community.

Baker City’s physically disabled youth are a severely underserved demographic. The existing playground equipment at city parks is largely inaccessible for children with disabilities, including playground surfacing materials. In the birth to age five population alone, Baker City has several children who have physical disabilities which prohibit their ability to utilize existing play equipment at city parks.

Numerous children between the ages of three and five years old, qualify for Special Education services, as well as children between the ages of birth and 36 months who qualify for Early Intervention. Parents of these children find it difficult to visit parks with both their typically developing children and those with disabilities, because the equipment cannot accommodate all of their children. Those children with disabilities are sometimes left out of family outings and community events because they are unable to engage with their peers who are utilizing the play equipment.