Amy Armstrong is the type of person who will hug someone she’s never met and will make you feel like you’ve known her all your life.
Amy Armstrong is someone you should know. What she is trying to pull off is nothing short of amazing, groundbreaking and practically revolutionary. She is spearheading a drive to develop and construct a multi-generation all-inclusive play and community center that will be open to everyone in the greater Champaign-Urbana community, and will be built using universal design standards. For now, the project is called Larkin’s Place, named for her 2-year-old daughter.
The amenities that Larkin’s Place will have are too numerous to list, but they may include indoor play areas for children 0-12; a recreation area for older children and adults that may have an art room, a computer room, an exercise room and more; an outside play area with a sensory playground and healing garden; and also programming for various groups.
Amy and the supporters of Larkin’s Place are hoping for some excellent news this week — that Champaign-Urbana Special Recreation may become partners on the project, which would provide better access to government funding and grants, etc.
In the meantime, Amy is still in the process of doing her research on this project and needs our help. Please, especially if you have children, take a few minutes out of your day and fill out this very quick survey. It is but one small thing you can do to help Larkin’s Place go from being a dream to becoming a reality.