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2015 Champions Games

Baseball games for special needs players!


2015 Champions Games are scheduled for March 21st & May 16th. Registering for the
games is very easy – just click here. The games have been created to
provide every Monterey County child, regardless of special needs, the opportunity to
participate in America’s favorite pastime of baseball.
It is the goal of Toro Pony Baseball to provide an environment that
enhances the participants’ self-esteem, physical mobility, and embodies
the spirit of teamwork and community.
Sign-ups for the 2015 Champions Games are underway:
• To register online click here.
• Select “Champion Player” registration
• No costs – Event is FREE due to our amazing sponsors.
• Games on Saturday, March 21st and May 16th at 3:30pm.
Open to children and young adults ages 4 and up, with any type of special need.
There are NO boundary limitations, all are welcome to register and participate.
For additional information please contact Heather Brodehl at
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We Are Re-starting Selling Pickets; Back By Popular Demand

They will line the outside of the fence. There will be around 270 to sell. You can have your name, your child’s name or your business name permanently linked with this incredible and unique place! These will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. Pickets can be purchased for $50 each, or 4 for $150, and are personalized.

To sponsor, click here.


We Are Relaunching Our Brick Sales

We have more brick pavers, so if you missed out earlier, you can now get in on the action. You can dedicate the pavers to your loved ones, or your company can show their support to our community. To sponsor, click here.

Be the Spark!

Be the Spark! Amanda’s presentation to the IMPOWER luncheon.

Our Mission
Our Mission
Tatum Bakker, for whom the playground is named, is a Salinas native and has Spina Bifida. Her parents, Shawn and Amanda Bakker, are the visionaries behind this effort to bring a fully inclusive and accessible playground to our community.

Tatum’s Garden is a community-wide volunteer effort to build the first fully-inclusive and accessible playground in Salinas…a place where all children can come together, interact, be included and grow, through the gift of play.

Tatum’s Garden will bring a one-of-a-kind, shoulder-to-shoulder play experience to the children of Monterey County, and their families, regardless of ability.


We invite you to be part of this effort. Explore this website. Learn more about the need for an all-inclusive and accessible playground in our community. We are so blessed to be under the fiscal sponsorship of Salinas Circle for Children for this project, which means that all donations—monetary and in-kind—are fully tax deductible. Salinas Circle, a 501c3 nonprofit, has been serving the special needs community in Monterey County for over 40 years.

Learn about the inspiration behind Tatum’s Garden…soon to be the first fully-inclusive and accessible playground in Monterey County!
Tatum’s Garden will be designed by the community, donated by the community, and built by the community…as a gift for our children to enjoy for many years to come.
How can you get involved?? Help us plant seeds in Tatum’s Garden today…


April Clean-Up Day April 25th, 2015 8AM to 12PM

We take great pride in caring for this amazing playground and park we all built together! We will have a monthly cleanup day to meet onsite and address any current needs, such as sanitizing equipment, pulling weeds, wiping down benches and picnic tables, etc. Please bring rags, towels, work gloves, sunscreen and a water bottle! We look forward to seeing you back out at our favorite place in town. =)

Click on sign up genius button to volunteer.


Major Sponsors


Taylor Farms Foodservice
the perfect ingredients for success.


Andy Boy,
D’Arrigo Bros and
Andy and Phyllis D’Arrigo
Our Picnic Alley and
Broccoli Tree House Sponsor


On-Site Construction Management


Elizabeth Hook Armstrong Foundation, our Carr Lake Overlook Area Sponsor


Founded in 1987, Growers Express grows and distributes more than 40 fresh produce items


NH3 SERVICE CO Our Barn and Stable Sponsor.

Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Logo

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Our Lettuce Maze Sponsor.

Mosaic Artists and Artistic Design Coordinators

Our Plumbing Sponsor

Golf is Our Business, Community Service is Our Passion

Our Official Media Sponsor


Thank you KSBW for being our Media Sponsor.
KSBW – ‘Salad Bowl of the World’
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