Jojo's Jungle, all-inclusive playground, to break ground Wednesday

WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAW) -- A groundbreaking ceremony for an inclusive playground for children with disabilities will be held Wednesday in Wausau.

Four years ago Patrick Hoerter made a promise to his 2-year-old son, JoJo, that he would build a park in Wausau so that JoJo and other children with disabilities could play. Jojo had a developmental and neurological disorder. He died in 2015 just before his 3rd birthday.

Before his death, the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted his wish to create a playground in his backyard that he could enjoy with his siblings. As a way to extend his memory and his legacy, JoJo’s family worked to raise more than $2 million to create JoJo’s Jungle for the entire community to enjoy.

"The Community Foundation of Northcentral Wisconsin really showed us the way and helped get this done," said Patrick Hoerter, the father of JoJo. "After that, it just grew from there to be able to build this playground for the community, by the community."

The groundbreaking ceremony was held on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 3 p.m. at Brockmeyer Park in Wausau. The project is expected to be complete by my late October.