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City Support

I'm really embarrassed to admit something, but I honestly did not know the city had Chloe's picture on the homepage with a link to a page with oodles of information about Chloe and our project! I learned from someone at the store a few weeks ago who recognized Chloe from the pictures. So I figure if I didn't know about it, then many of you might not know about it either. I've copied and pasted a lot of the information and you can also visit the link here. Thank you to Syracuse city, whose administration and citizens have been more supportive than I ever could have imagined every step of this journey. I cannot thank everyone enough!!! We have so many fundraising opportunities in the works and this project is closer to getting started than you could imagine. Thank you for believing in and helping this dream come about.

The proposed Chloe's Sunshine Playground project is named after Chloe Bennett, a Syracuse City child. Chloe has been diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and West Syndrome which limit her ability to speak, walk, and to play on traditional playground equipment with other kids. This separation inspired Chloe’s mother to gather support to create a place where Chloe and other children can play together. The proposed playground will bridge this gap making Chloe's dream a reality.


The proposed fully accessible playground will feature ramps, swings, slides, a music garden, shade structures, a water splash pad, and restrooms.



The park will be a unique place for the children of Davis County. It is planned to be built at Centennial Park. (1979 S. 1900 West)



There have been multiple local fundraising events, very generous donations from local businesses, and a federal grant application completed to gather the necessary funds for construction. These valiant efforts have raised $251,000. The total project cost is estimated to be $900,000. The first phase’s estimated cost is $410,000. The first phase would include everything but the restrooms and splash pad. It is hopeful that construction will begin soon.

We’re excited to start construction on the playground once we have raised enough money to complete the project. Please take a minute to familiarize yourself with the many ways that you can help make this dream become a reality.

There are three ways to donate; simply write on your utility payment check what portion of the payment should be donated to Chloe’s Playground, online at syracuserecreation.com, or in person at America First Credit Union to account #905624-3. Checks should be made out to “The Charitable Foundation of Syracuse City”, a nonprofit 501 C-3 foundation. All funds will be immediately routed to the Foundation, which is not connected to Syracuse City’s account.

Donors who contribute $100-150 are eligible for a 6”x6” paver brick with their personal name(s) or business name engraved into it. Donors who contribute $150 and up are eligible for a 6”x9” paver brick. Once the donation is made, please contact Kresta Robinson at 801-614-9654 to give the information you would like to see on your paver. All engraved pavers, commemorating the donor, will be used in the sidewalk surfaces within the playground. There are three ways to donate; simply write on your Syracuse utility payment check what portion of the payment should be donated to Chloe’s Playground, online, or in person at America First Credit Union to account #905624-3. Checks should be made out to “The Charitable Foundation of Syracuse City”, a nonprofit 501 C-3 foundation. All funds will be immediately routed to the Foundation, which is not connected to Syracuse City’s account. Donors who contribute $100-150 are eligible for a 6”x6” paver brick with their personal name(s) or business name engraved into it. Donors who contribute $150 and up are eligible for a 6”x9” paver brick. All engraved pavers commemorating the donor will be used in the sidewalk surfaces within the playground.

Any questions about the project or how to make a donation can be directed to: Ben Liegert Office- 801-614-9685; Kresta Robinson Office- 801-614-9654.

I Shop Syracuse... Do You?

I shop Syracuse.org sponsored by SBOSS will donate $1 in your name to the Chloe's Sunshine playground for every like we get on Facebook (up to 500). Like their page here! And remember to shop local!


Cupcakes for Charity Winner!

We are pleased to announce that Chloe's Sunshine Playground was the proud winner of the Ivory Homes Cupcakes for Charity donation! A huge thank you to everyone who pinned, liked, and Instagrammed our way to victory, most especially to my talented friend, Lori Allred, who selected to support our cause in the competition.


Chloe, We Got Your Back

Standard Examiner Article
by Bryon Saxton

Five-year-old Chloe Bennett, wearing a bright dress and brighter smile, beamed as she sat in her wheelchair at the Davis County Commission meeting. She waited for her doting father, Oby Bennett, who stood at her side, to be presented with a check.



"Chloe, we got your back," Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said, as Syracuse city leaders and county officials on Tuesday huddled around the Bennett family to make the check-passing official. The check, for $42,046.20, is to be used to help develop Chloe's Sunshine Park at 1979 S. 1900 West, Syracuse. The 5-acre park is to be specifically designed for disabled children and enjoyed by children of all abilities. The check presented to the Bennetts represents the proceeds from the Davis County Gala and silent auction held Sept. 6 at Davis Conference Center. Oby Bennett said he is grateful for all the work Syracuse city officials and the county have done in moving the park project forward. The check awarded on Tuesday puts officials "one step closer to having the park done," Bennett said. About four years ago, Tara Bennett, Chloe's mother, approached Syracuse leaders requesting that they consider building a park where disabled children can play. "It's been a long process, but it is starting to come about," said Bonnie Mann, Chloe's grandmother. Each year, county officials select a charity to receive the proceeds from its annual Davis County Gala and silent auction event. This year, attendees at the gala enjoyed entertainment by the African Children's Choir as part of a program emceed by singer Alex Boye.


They were also treated to intense jungle-theme decorations and a meal. Prior to the event, the county had indicated it was hoping to raise from the gala about $35,000 for the park.


A WiLd Night!

I didn't think I could feel more humble over the fact that the Davis County gala proceeds were going to go to the playground. It was such a beautiful event filled with beautiful, giving people. I was so honored and just overflowing with gratitude. Chloe thought it was pure magic and just loved being the center of attention of such a special night. I couldn't possibly put it all into words, so here it is in pictures...




They didn't miss a mark. Every square inch inside and out invited the WILD spirit of the night in honor of the amazingly talented African Children's Choir who entertained us all... it was jungle/safari theme everywhere you looked and I was just in AWE!!!



The Davis County Conference Center was FILLED to the brim with people who were there with open hearts and open wallets to support our project. I can't even put into words how much it meant to me! To know that people are so kind and believe in the playground as much as I do.... nothing could mean more than to be supported and have people believe in your vision. The silent auction literally blew me away. It was a giant room FILLED with extravagant donations from exercise equipment to tires to decorations to shoes, jewelry, furniture.... exquisite items.... all DONATED and SOLD for our cause. It. Was. Amazing.

Chloe was the belle of the ball... everyone in attendance knew who she was and came up to meet the famous little Chloe! There had been a commercial promoting the event for a week or so before on channel 5 so her cute little face was well-known. And boy, did she love the attention! She wasn't the only beauty in attendance, though. City and County beauty queens were there too. Chloe was honored when they wanted their picture with her!!! Don't let her face fool you in this pic, she was just lovin' being one of the pretty girls!


I'm pretty sure my jaw literally dropped when I walked into the event room. It was breath taking! This picture doesn't even do it justice. There was this green light effect that just blew me away that this picture doesn't do a good job of capturing and they even had jungle sound effects to further set the tone. It was beautiful. Beautiful!


Chloe just loved during dinner when they had a drum group playing. She was squealing up a storm. If she hadn't already been the center of attention, she would have been then. What a ham!


I was SO thrilled that The African Children's Choir was going to be the entertainment. I had seen them perform a few years ago and knew just how special they were. But they exceeded my expectations! Their energy was so contagious and their big, happy spirits just filled up the entire room with this feeling of appreciation for all of our differences and the reminder that anything is possible. I don't know if that even makes a bit of sense, but seriously, these kids taught me something just with their big smiles. It was really, really special.




I am disappointed that I haven't found the right words to express my gratitude and just astonishment at the night and the gift of my community to believe in this dream and support it in such a MAGNIFICENT and SPECIAL way. I am just grateful beyond words. Thank you, Davis County. Thank you, Syracuse city. It is a privilege and honor.

(For lots more amazing photos of this night, head here!)

Davis County Gala Will Support Chloe's Sunshine Playground

By Bryon Saxton of The Standard Examiner 4/24/12

A “wild” jungle theme is in place for this year’s annual Davis County Gala, and it’s expected that proceeds from the event will go a long way toward the development of Utah’s first fully accessible “unlimited play park” for children with special needs.

The annual black-tie affair, to be held the evening of Sept. 6 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, will feature the African Children’s Choir, with all proceeds going to Chloe’s Sunshine Playground in Centennial Park in Syracuse.


The 5-acre park, to be developed around 1979 S. 1900 West, behind the Syracuse police station, is being billed by officials as meeting the state’s strict criteria for being its first unlimited play park.
The park is inspired by Syracuse mother Tara Bennett and her 5-year-old daughter, Chloe, who has special needs.

Based on the past success of the gala, the goal is to generate $35,000 to $40,000 toward developing the park, Davis County Commissioner John Petroff Jr. said.

The cost to attend the gala is $125 per person. Various sponsorship packages also are available.
The African Children’s Choir, in traditional dress, will sing and dance to spiritual renditions of inspirational songs, Davis Conference Center Director of Operations Dave Hilliard said.

The choir represents countries throughout Africa and is made up of children from 7 to 11 years old, he said. “(The choir has) traveled the world, been featured on the largest awards shows, and sang with industry stars such as Josh Groban.”

Davis County Gala Chairwoman Valerie Davis said having the gala contribute to the park project is “an incredible opportunity” for the community, because the park will be a first for Northern Utah.

“This park will be a destination for families with special-needs children that deserve a safe place to play just like any child,” Davis said.

Syracuse officials are also ecstatic that the county has selected the park as a gala recipient.

“What better thing can a community do than to come together for its children,” Syracuse Mayor Jamie Nagle said.

Nearly $200,000 in grants and private donations has already been raised for the park, including a $75,000 donation from Zions Banks and a $5,000 contribution from Layton entrepreneur and former state Sen. Haven J. Barlow.

But Nagle said having the project listed as a gala recipient is a major boon for the park, which is expected to feature a music garden and universally accessible playground equipment.

“If you’re a parent with a disabled child, there isn’t anything you wouldn’t do so that (your children) are not encumbered,” Nagle said.

Because of the $1 million cost involved with developing the park, Nagle said, it is likely the project may have to be completed in two different phases, with the hope of being able to break ground on the first phase this fall.

“This really is about a community coming together,” Nagle said.

“The purpose of the gala is to first, celebrate Davis County and the Davis Conference Center; second, to entertain, bringing top-notch performers to Davis County; and third, to give back by selecting a worthy cause to support,” Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said.

She added that, based on what the park will offer special-needs children, it is likely families from outside the county will also benefit from the park.

For more information and for tickets contact Davis County Community & Economic Development at 801-451-3286 or Neka@daviscountyutah.gov

Thank You, Davis County Commission!

By Bryon Saxton of The Standard Examiner 5/22/12

Donations continue to roll in for a $1 million Syracuse park designed to provide unlimited play for special needs children.

The latest is $75,000 from the Davis County Commission. The contribution, approved by the commission Tuesday, will come from funds the county receives as part of its Community Development Block Grant from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Earth work on the park, known as Chloe's Sunshine Playground in Centennial Park, is slated to begin this fall, officials say.

The county providing CDBG funds toward developing the park is part of a "great partnership" between the county and Syracuse city, Davis County Commissioner Louenda Downs said.

The CDBG money the commission committed to the 5-acre park at 1979 S. 1900 West is in addition to the funds the county will generate for the project through its annual gala.

All proceeds from the annual black-tie affair, to be held Sept. 6 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, will go toward developing the park.

County officials hope, based on previous galas, that the event will raise $35,000 to $40,000 for the park.
The county received $673,483 from the federal government to support community development and produce more affordable housing. The county has allocated those funds to nine organizations, with the Syracuse park receiving one of the larger contributions.

"This particular park is one of a kind," Davis County Commissioner Bret Millburn said of the project, which is drawing support community-wide.

Nearly $200,000 in grants and private donations have already been raised for the park, including a $75,000 donation from Zions Bank and a $5,000 contribution from Layton entrepreneur Haven J. Barlow, said Syracuse Mayor Jamie Nagle.

The park project may have to be done in phases, Nagle said, because of the development costs. The park is billed by officials as meeting the state's strict criteria for being its first unlimited play park, meaning it is accessible to all children including those with special needs.

"We're confident will we have the first phase (of the park) done by the first of next year," Nagle said.
"I think every partnership is critical, and the county has just supported us, knowing this is not only a draw for the city, but for the county."

Construction should begin in the fall, Nagle said, and will bring in many people from outside the area.
"It is such a positive thing. I feel like the momentum is there," she said.

The park is inspired by Syracuse mother Tara Bennett and her 5-year-old daughter, Chloe, who has special needs.

Turkey Trot 5k & Silent Auction


It was a cold morning for a jog, but lots of wonderful & supportive people braved the cold to come support us. How amazing!


Chloe woke up at 2 am that morning, so she was a tired model of the Turkey Trot Tee!


It still looks adorable on her, though, wouldn't you say?!


Tiffany, Kresta and their crew are the true heroes behind all the fund raisers.
I honestly don't know what I'd do without them!

Thank you to EVERYONE who believes in and supports our project! We're getting there, and will probably even get to start building next spring...
Can you believe it?!
Only because of YOU, So THANK YOU!

Turkey Trot!

Professionally timed race by Striders the Saturday before Thanksgiving!

Online registration available at syracuserecreation.com.

Thanks for your support!

Video About the Playground


More than anything, I love all the support that is behind the scenes in the video.... You can't imagine how many hours and how many people went into making a 6-minute flick like this. It's humbling to know that people care and support my vision and I am forever grateful.

This is truly a never-ending project. Very seldom does a day go by that I don't get an email from someone with an idea or a donation or an offer to help.... And those daily reminders keep me going! We have enough to begin construction next spring and compelte the first phase, so we're continuing to pursue fund-raising with the final phase in mind. And I know we'll get there! The longer the project goes on, the more patience I get because truly this has been about the journey for me.... the relationships, the incredible people, just the sense of community and sincere compassion from the general public. There is SO much negative in the world, but there is even more good! I am in never-ending awe of the little bits of good that have touched my life because of this project.

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