Dwight Murphy Park
“NEVER GIVE UP” is the rallying cry created by Victoria and Bill Strong to celebrate the spirit of their daughter, Gwendolyn, and her struggle with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). This inspiring campaign has culminated in a partnership between RRM Design Group and the City of Santa Barbara to re-imagine a portion of Dwight Murphy Park, one of Santa Barbara’s oldest parks, into an inclusive playground to encourage use by individuals of all backgrounds.
Gwendolyn’s Playground will be inclusive, innovative, whimsical, and fun—a place to spark wonder in every age. The playground’s namesake, Gwendolyn Strong, was an ambassador in bringing together children of all abilities and bonding in the universal joys of childhood fun, and her spirit will live on in this magical new place.
RRM’s partnership with the City of Santa Barbara and the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation continues to shape the inclusive play design of Gwendolyn’s Park.