Former Vol helps fundraising push for special needs playground

(WBIR-Oneida) A Scott County woman is making a final push to get a special needs playground built in her community.

Saturday night, Former Vol Inky Johnson visited Oneida to speak at a fundraiser for "Play With No Boundaries."

The group has been trying since 2010 to get a new playground built at Oneida City Park, that would be accessible to all.

Amy Martin formed "Play With No Boundaries" after her son, Joseph, who lives with developmental delays had trouble playing on the equipment.

"He's my fourth child and he loves going to the park... It was hard because of all the uneven surfaces," Martin explained.

WBIR has followed Amy's journey of getting the playground built, in 2012 and 2013.

The playground would be built where the old volleyball court is located at Oneida City Park. It would have enclosed ramps, fully supported swings and a rubber service.

"We've raised $115,000 and we need $163,000. So we're about $48,000 short," Martin said, at Saturday night's fundraising at Oneida High School's Performing Arts Center.

Besides the dinner, Inky Johnson shared his story of recovery after a career-ending injury that left his right arm and right hand paralyzed. He spoke about not letting your circumstances define you.

"I think it's a great cause... It's such an important part of life, kids being able to play on the playground. That's where you learn some of your toughest lessons. It develops you in life as well," Johnson said.

Martin said they are aiming to start construction on the playground in April 2014.

Those who would like to donate can reach Martin at


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