Brooklyn’s playground in Pocatello has been the cumulation of a lot of hard work and support from members of this community. It began with a father who gained a vision of wanting more for his children.
Brooklyn’s father Jonny Fisher described how things began when he said, “how this all started, Melissa and i stumbled upon another playground that was accessible. So it was kind of passing it on to others, to other communities. We want to spread that to across the nation.”
Media attention for this playground has been consistent. Today NPR photographer John Poole was at Brooklyn’s playground. In his 15 year career, Poole has won many awards, including two Emmy nominations and a contribution to a Pulitzer Prize. Johnny fisher, Brooklyn’s father, noted that his girls are handling all of the media attention very well
“We were at Costco the other day and a guy said, you’re Brooklyn aren’t you (to our daughter, Brooklyn) and she said, yes and he said, you’re famous and she said well not anymore (because she used to get a lot of media attention).They kind of became used to the cameras. At first they wondered what it was all about and they were just excited,” Fisher said.
Fisher has hopes that Brooklyn’s playground will continue to provide a place for children to play moving into the future.
He said that,“Our hope is to continue to address needs as we become aware of them. If there are needs in the community that aren’t met by Brooklyn’s playground we can incorporate some sort of a play structure for that child. Hopefully, we can break down that obstacle and so that child can play on that playground.”
Fisher went on to say how impressed and grateful he was for the support that he received from our community.