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Spokane completed a six-year project to develop a Universal Playground this summer. Playground features include slides and climbing structures, plus drums and bells. The design of the playground permits children to approach the equipment on ramps and recycled rubber surfaces that accommodate wheelchairs or crutches.
The new park encourages disabled children to develop healthy lifestyles. Disabled children are not immune from chronic disease and in fact are at greater risk. So the park is critical for the quality of life as well as bestowing the full range of benefits associated with physical activity. The layout of the playground allows children with physical impairments to play alongside of friends and siblings.
A diverse group led the project, including parents of children with disabilities and numerous community organizations. The community raised more than $80,000 for the playground in Spokane’s Mission Park. Situated along a walking path in a central city location, the park is proving to be popular with children of all abilities.
City of Spokane Parks & Recreation, Spokane Health District and Rotaract.
Featured: Fall 2010