Mike and Jenni Jensen are movers and shakers who seek not only to better our community, but the little ones in it, as well. Hope Park, which the family had a huge hand in helping make a reality, and brickLAB, the family’s local business, are bringing play to kids across the city to keep their bodies and minds moving!
The Jensens’ daughter, Nora, who has Down syndrome, was the inspiration for Hope Park here in Frisco. Nora was in and out of wheel chairs during her younger years, so the family realized there was a need in Frisco for a more accessible park for others with disabilities to play. They got to fundraising and, years later, Hope Park has become one of Frisco’s most popular parks for kids of all ages and abilities, complete with a sensory area.
In further efforts to build a stronger community, the Jensens have opened brickLAB, a creative maker-space building environment centered around LEGOS®. They hope it is a community-centric educational fun place for the whole family to enjoy. “I want to help the next generation to become young engineers, as well as develop a fun activity for seniors to keep the mind fresh. LEGO play is more than just fun; it requires 3D spatial reasoning, which is an important part of brain development, as well as a skill that keeps the brain working. It is exercise for the brain,” Mr. Jensen says.