‘One Heart’ Accessible Playground Coming to North Little Rock
The parents of a special needs daughter and the North Little Rock Department of Parks & Recreation have worked together to raise money and plan the construction of a special needs accesible playground.
After months of work and planning, the park is expected to be ready for use in early May 2017, according to the Department of Parks & Recreation website. In January, the department posted an update on its Facebook page.
This new playground, designed to allow inclusive play for children of all ages, will be located in Burns Park between Pavilion 10 and Funland.
Jerilyn Swalve-Wasson and her husband Kenny Wasson were the driving forces behind the project. Their daughter, Emma, has a genetic disorder known as Turner Syndrome.
One of the key aspect of the park will be the ground: smooth, rubbery flooring rather than the typical woodchips or grass. This will make the park wheelchair accessible. Other features include high-back swings that provide support, equipment that wheelchairs can roll up to, and ramps rather than stairs throughout the playground.
To follow along with the park's progress, check on the North Little Rock Department of Parks & Recreation Facebook page.
UPDATE: On March 28, the department shared this post on its Facebook page: