A new swing at Children’s Park in Sioux Center reflects the life of a joyful young girl and the generosity of her family and friends. The family and friends of 7-year-old Mya Sneller are honoring her memory with the gift of a “bird’s nest” swing for the community to enjoy.
“We take our girls to Children’s Park and through the trails there often. Mya loved going to the park with her sisters and friends,” said Mya’s mother, Jenna Sneller. “We’ve made a lot of memories at that park. There are so many memories people make at a park with their kids or grandkids. And we felt, with it being called Children’s Park, what better place to honor her.”
The Sneller family felt blessed by the care and generosity of family and friends grieving with them when Mya passed away in 2019, and they wanted to bless the community in Mya’s name.
Gifts from many helped purchase the new swing, including from Andy and Jackson Stander, the Class of 2004, the family of Mya Sneller, Heavenward T-Shirts, and Quinn and Renn Clousing.
“With all of this, we wanted to put something back into the community, something for grandparents to enjoy with grandkids and for parents to enjoy with their children,” Jenna Sneller said.
Boland Recreation, of Marshalltown, donated over half of the cost of the swing in honor of Mya and the Sneller family. Benches honoring Mya near the swing were made by her uncle, Brent Sneller, and John and Troi Stith of Force Designs, in Bedford, Indiana. Van Holland Lawn Service donated the accessible playground surface around the swing, adding to the gift to the community. The swing area is connected to the recreation trail with a sidewalk for accessibility, part of ongoing improvements at Children’s Park.
Mya’s favorite color was yellow, and the Sneller family chose a yellow swing structure and the type of swing Mya loved to play on to give to the community. Her sisters, Ruby, 4, and Layla, 1, were the first to try it out. Since then, many have come to enjoy the new park feature.
“Working with the Sneller family has been a joy. The thoughtfulness of giving back to the community in memory of their daughter Mya will truly make memories for families for years to come,” said Sioux Center Parks Director Lee Van Meeteren. “This swing fits in perfectly with the improvements we are making in the park. We are excited as the Parks Department to see how Mya’s passion for life continues through the laughter and smiles of kids for years to come.”