The City of Greensboro has a lot of playgrounds, but it’s never had one quite like this.
On Friday, June 21, the Ricky Proehl P.O.W.E.R. of Play Foundation and Proehlific Park announced that, thanks to donor contributions from members of the community, they are providing Greensboro and the surrounding region with the area’s first “Inclusive Playground.”
According to a press release on the creation of the new playground geared toward kids with all abilities, government sources report that there are about 25,000 children under the age of 18 in Greensboro who have some sort of disability. This park will have a lot to offer those in that group.
The playground, creators say, will include areas for enjoyment that are suitable for children with any type of disability.
“Regardless of a child’s physical or mental ability,” the press release states, “the play area will provide a space for social, physical, sensory and cognitive play.”
For instance, the new playground will be equipped with rubber flooring so that those people with wheelchairs and walkers can enjoy it.
The park will be accessible within the SCAT transit system, which serves those with disabilities.
On Tuesday, July 9 and Wednesday, July 10, from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., community volunteers will pitch in to help build the park and, on Wednesday, July 17 at 11 a.m. the new park will hold its ribbon cutting. That event, which will include music, balloons, bubbles and slushies, will be free and open to the public.
All activities will take place at Proehlific Park 4517 Jessup Grove Road in Greensboro.