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Fundraising event today to benefit all-inclusive park includes live music, sidewalk chalk art

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A conceptual drawing of Horizons Park. (Submitted Illustration)

The New Mexico Autism Society and the Roswell Autism Support Group are scheduled to hold a fundraiser today for an all-inclusive children’s park intended for Roswell.

The event at Reischman Park at 308 N. Main St. from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. will include sidewalk chalk art and live music with the group G(d)*P, or Gross Domestic People. Donations will be accepted during the event.

The $1.3 million Horizons Park, “a space without limits,” is envisioned as a park for all children, including those with special needs. It would include such features as sensory gardens, spray pads that children in walkers or wheelchairs can use, accessible swings and glides, and other equipment. The project’s leaders include Krista Smith, a local mother of three children, including one with autism.

The city of Roswell has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the New Mexico Autism Society to work toward development of the park. The agreement calls for equipment to be purchased by the Autism Society, with the city’s Park and Recreation Department staff installing it on the site inside Cahoon Park that the city has set aside for the project.