OROVILLE, Calif. - Oroville will have a new park, but it will be different than other typical parks and playgrounds. It will be a special park for kids and families with special needs.
The project means so much to the Wallace family.
“Avalynn was a vibrant 7-year-old who lost her battle with AML leukemia after three years,” said Nicole Wallace, Avalynn’s mother.
“We miss her a lot," she continued. We want to give back with the journey that we faced and the hardship we went through and really just try to make it a better place for families who are going through that.”
Not only does the family get to honor their daughter, it will also be a place for all children across the region, including those with disabilities.
“Our family was raised with a brother with down syndrome, so we are very familiar with not being able to do things with a family,” Danielle Devine, Avalynn’s aunt, explained. “This park is really inspired by Avalynn because she ended up in a wheelchair and she couldn’t play with her sisters at a lot of places. This park is for families to be able to experience life together, parks together and swings together. A lot of our stuff is going to be all-inclusive which we are really excited about.”
This park and playground will have a merry-go-round, swing zone, a slide mountain, a water spray ground, and much more.
The park will also feature 6 different camp cabins so people from all over can come and enjoy their stay.
Not only that, but this park will feature a Walkway of Heroes, an area in the park to celebrate those who have fought with cancer.
To make the groundbreaking even more special for the Wallace family, today would have been Avalynn’s 9th birthday.
“Being Avalynn’s birthday, it’s been very emotional for me,” Louie Wallace, Avalynn’s dad, said. “I miss that little girl, but I know I don’t have to worry about her anymore and that she is safe and in a good place.”
Devine continued, “This park is really born out of the heart of a family who misses their little girl but also knows the incredible impact she had on this community and our family. We want to do this in memory of her and to help other families who were like us.”
Avalynn’s family told Action News Now that there isn’t an accessible park like this north of Sacramento, but now, they hope to change that.
If you’d like to learn more about Avie’s Place and would like to donate to the park, click here.