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New Wheel-Chair Accessible Playground Installed

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A construction crew with the City of Helena is working on a new playground designed for kids in wheelchairs and those with developmental disabilities.

The new equipment at Jaycee Park will include rock climbing walls, slides and swings.  Monday workers added safety rails to playground platforms and monkey bars to the 3,500 square foot play area.  Workers say they have received positive reactions from people living in the area.

"On a daily basis we have people stopping and thanking us for putting a playground, it's nice for having a neighborhood that people don't have to drive very far," said Dean Rongrud with Helena Parks Maintenance.

The area will also include a foot of mulch that will serve as a safety fall zone.  Workers say the playground will be completed in a few days but will open next week since the concrete needs time to harden.


Story by Luba Solonenko, Beartooth NBC.
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Marsha-Katz Tuesday Nov. 19th, 2013 - 7:48am
The article only has abbreviated info on the playground, so it doesn't tell me....
1. How will kids/parents in wheelchairs wheel through a foot of mulch?
2. Is the playground intended for ALL kids, and the accessibility makes it inclusive?
3. Will the playground be accessible for parents and grandparents who use mobility aids, so they can bring their children and grandchildren who don't have disabilities?
4. Who designed the playground and chose the various surfaces?

Having a playground accessible for ALL kids is a wonderful thing. In addition to this playground, stay tuned for the amazing new All-Abilities Playground in Missoula that will open next June with a great new name. It is imaginative, colorful, and you can see the plan and read about it at http://www.allabilitiesplayground.org/
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