“There will be a showcase of a lot of organizations that represent, offer programming, or some sort of support system for people with disabilities. There are going to be some organizations that represent different, diverse communities within Mason and the surrounding areas. Then, we are also going to be having some fun events like a Bollywood Flash Mob or a Yoga demonstration,” Malhotra said.
Mason Challenger League, an organization for kids with special needs that allows them to participate in an organized game of baseball, will have a net set up where kids can pitch, for example. A variety of other family-friendly activities will be available throughout the duration of the event.
The first 200 guests will also receive a complimentary Italian Ice from Chill Out Italian Ice.
“The City of Mason took the initiative several years ago to get the all-inclusive Makino Park, and it represents how the city supports inclusiveness and diversity,” Malhotra said. “World Inclusion Day seems like the best fit for Makino Park for the purpose that park was built.”
“It fits in with what the City believes in,” she said, “and what this park offers.”
The City chose Saturday to celebrate for better attendance though the actual date is Oct. 10. The grand opening of Makino Park happened in the spring of 2021. The vision was to have a park for everybody, an all-inclusive park. Features at Makino Park include Common Ground Playground, an all-inclusive playground, an FCC soccer field, which is also all-inclusive and wheelchair accessible. The park has a shelter area for programming and gathering as well as restroom facilities. The park is also working on an on-going project for adaptive ball fields, which is expected to be completed next year.
“Makino Park is open to everyone, but the amenities there make it possible for people with different abilities to participate as well,” said Malhotra.
The event encourages the interaction, and recreational opportunities for multi-generational users of all abilities in a very peaceful and welcoming setting.
“We are very fortunate to have a place like this in the City, where everybody feels very welcome and safe. There are things to do, and you can participate, and the City has always been supportive of any initiatives that represents that,” Malhotra said.
“Last year’s event in Mason focused on people with disabilities,” she said. “This year, we broadened that group, and we have different diverse organizations that are participating in the event. So, it’s not just limited to people with disabilities, but it’s representing a bigger umbrella on World Inclusion Day, where people of different heritage, culture, or organizations that represent diversity are joining in.”
World Inclusion Day will be celebrated globally on Mon. Oct. 10. World Inclusion Day was founded in 2020 to unite communities of all people - from all abilities and all backgrounds - and celebrate living an inclusive life. The day aims to promote a kinder world.
How to go
What: World Inclusion Day celebration
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday
Where: Makino Park, 6100 Kopfler Court, Mason
Admission: Free. Family-friendly event.
More info: www.imaginemason.org and www.worldinclusionday.org