Variety-the Children's Charity is dedicated to improving the lives of underprivileged, at-risk and special needs children throughout Iowa.

Variety Office
505 5th Avenue, Suite 310
Des Moines IA 50309


Variety is proud to introduce the GRAND OPENIING of our great community project benefiting children with cognitive and physical disabilities and memorialize past board member, Ashley Okland. The Ashley Okland Star Playground is an all-inclusive playground located within Ewing Park on the southeast side of Des Moines.

The playground, the first of its kind for our Des Moines community, caters to special-needs kids by featuring adapted playground equipment; however, it will be built to encourage play among children of all abilities, breaking down barriers and fostering friendships. Ashley was a person who energetically enjoyed living life to its fullest and was happiest when others were doing the same; the Star Playground allows her spirit and energy to live on through the children who play there. 

Below is a tentative drawing of the playground.






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