After Hours had the privilege to help support the construction of a new all-inclusive playground in Westhoff Park (O’Fallon, MO) called Brendan’s Playground. Check out this great story from the Post-Dispatch, and we hope you get to take your kids to this great playground sometime soon.
As students from Westhoff Elementary School unfurled a banner marking the occasion, O’Fallon Mayor Bill Hennessy announced that the name of the new all-inclusive playground in Westhoff Park would be Brendan’s Playground.
The announcement of the name took both Brendan and his family by surprise and was one of the highlights of Saturday’s groundbreaking ceremony for the accessible play site.
The playground is named for 9-year-old Brendan Schmitt, an O’Fallon resident and Westhoff Elementary student. Brendan has a rare, genetic DNA-repair disease called Rothmund Thompson syndrome. With this disease, Brendan is missing certain bones and thumbs and has blotchy skin, thinning hair and a short stature.