In October 2016, the City entered an agreement with Mercy Medical for a new park to be named Hansen's Park. McAuley Playground will be located in Hansen Park behind the Mercy Medical Building. This is an inclusive playground specifically designed to remove physical and social barriers so ALL children with and without disabilities and/or critical illnesses can play side by side with their peers and families. Hansen Park received its name from the late Jeff Hansen who owned Hansen Tree Service. Mr. Hansen was killed in a plane crash in 2015. Prior to his death, Mr. Hansen was a major contributor to area charities.
McAuley Playground is mostly funded by donations, along with a grant from the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Fundraising continues but a construction timeline has not yet been released. McAuley playground received its name from Sister Catherine McAuley who was an Irish Catholic who founded the Sisters of Mercy Health and provided health care for those in need.
For information to donate to McAuley Playground, visit www.unlimitedplay.org