PALM SPRINGS, Ca.
The Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Commission and United Cerebral Palsy of the Inland Empire came together over the weekend to host the Heroes In The Park event in Palm Springs.
A week after the city of Palm Springs suffered a devastating tragedy, the community came together to celebrate those with special needs.
"I feel it’s very important for a city like Palm Springs to offer these programs, to throw these little events, because this is how different individuals with disabilities, this is how we network, this is how we make friends, this is how we feel a part of the community," said volunteer Nick Tompkins.
The event marked the dedication of the city’s new all-inclusive state-of-the-art playground.
"We wanted an inclusive place so kids with disabilities could play with everyone. Just like everyone else. And that’s what every park in the country should be and Palm Springs is being a leader in this," said Palm Springs city councilman Geoff Kors.
"For me personally, I’m in a wheel chair. And when I meet a different person with a disability it makes me feel normal as possible and it gives me a sense of belonging," said Tompkins.
Palm Springs police chief Bryan Reyes accepted the "Community Heroes" award for recognition of his service to all residents and visitors of Palm Springs including those with disabilities.
"It’s humbling. But it’s not about me. I’m obviously the chief of police for the police department, but that award is for us overall in what we do everyday. And unfortunately it takes a tragedy to shine a light on what all of our officers do every single day and we’re grateful for the support."
Coachella Valley native and professional boxer Timothy Bradley came out to bob and weave for a good cause.
"It’s great for these kids to be able to come out here and have a playground basically just dedicated to them. They can come out here and play and other kids can too. Just being a part of this is what it’s all about man. It’s all about giving back," Bradley said.