Located in Sheboygan, WI, Shaw Family Playground is the first, and currently only, fully accessible ADA playground in the area. The playground was founded by Angie and Ryan Shaw, who are the parents of cojoined twins Mateo and McHale. The twins, who underwent a miracle separation surgery, are the inspiration behind the design and construction of the accessible park. Whereas traditional parks are not often for inclusive play, Shaw Family Playground aims to remove every barrier possible to allow each and every child the opportunity to experience unorganized, imaginative play alongside their peers on safe and accessible playground equipment. For many children with disabilities, the park is their first experience with inclusive play and unrestrained fun. Upon the park’s grand opening, Angie Shaw said, “We are excited to bring this to our community and look forward to spending many days as a family at the playground, something we have never done before!”
With the support of County Materials, through the Sonnentag Foundation, Shaw Family Playground opened its gates to children and families of all abilities in 2018. The community took notice of the park’s impact and raised additional funds to build an on-site shelter and restroom facility to complete the park. Over the past two years, Shaw Family Playground has created new memories and experiences for thousands of people living with disabilities in Sheboygan County.
Each year, County Materials, through the Sonnentag Foundation, supports dozens of charitable organizations and causes that align with the foundation’s four focus areas: Hunger and Homelessness Support, Military Personnel and Veteran Support, Sexual Abuse and Domestic Assault Services, and Youth Mentoring and Skill Building. County Materials is proud to host an annual golf outing event, where all contributions are donated to organizations supported by the Sonnentag Foundation in communities where County Materials has locations. Since the event started, more than $1.6 million has been donated to deserving programs.