In honor of Westley Mckinley
What started as two guys and a park, has become a collaborative effort between the Logan-Hocking Schools, Hocking County, and the Citizens of Logan Ohio to build a playground park on the site of the old East Elementary School.
Starting in November 2018, construction of the brand new park began. Damon Kuhn, a family friend of Westley McKinley, wanted to do something special to honor a little boy who has spent most of his life fighting Batten Disease. Damon enlisted the help of fellow Rotarian Andrew McGhee and they set out to design a park where children with disabilities and children without could all play together. The park became a reality when they received a $75,800 grant from the State of Ohio. While the grant would provide the basic structures, Damon & Andrew had a vision of a much larger park. They started fundraising for the park in December 2017. Tremendous support by residents and businesses of Hocking County helped raise an additional $51,000! Excavation was also done pro bono by the Ohio Operating Engineeers local 18. Many other businesses have also donated their time and equipment to help make this park a success. Construction is on pace to be completed in May 2019.
501 E Main St
ADA Compliant Swing & Table
Slides & Playscape
Climbing & Ground Activities
Park Rear View
Full Court Basketball
Without donations from local businesses and individuals, the development of East Park would not be possible. We would like to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to these donors:
Rachel Cottrill & Family
What is Batten Disease?
A rare genetic disorder
Batten Disease is a rare inherited disorder of the nervous system with no current treatment or cure. Children and adults with Batten disease have inherited genetic material from their parents that may take some years to come to bear in their everyday lives. And when it does, families are often in shock when they learn how a normal child or adult (Kufs form) could change quickly, and without seeming cause. Those affected with Batten Disease suffer progressive neurological impairment, seizures, blindness, loss of motor skills, speaks, and finally loss of life.
Batten disease is one of approximately 50 diseases called lysosomal storage disorders (LSD), meaning that genetic mutations disrupt the cells ability to dispose of wastes. With Batten disease, cells are thrown out of balance with the build-up of proteins and lipids (fats). Because of these damaged cells, patients with Batten disease suffer progressive neurological impairment and generally do not live longer than age 12.