To the Editor: Inclusive playground would fill a void for disabled children —

To the Editor: Inclusive playground would fill a void for disabled children

By April Mills
Kitsap Sun

 

Developing an inclusive playground in Evergreen Rotary Park will bring invaluable happiness to children and adults with special needs and their families and friends.

For residents of Bremerton and the area's 3,500 children with disabilities, the closest similar playground is in Gig Harbor. Imagine having to drive 45 minutes each way every time your child wanted to slide or swing.

The inclusive playground will give every child in our community the opportunity to make the most of their energy and imagination, bringing all kids together regardless of their abilities. For parents who have to look for alternative activities that all their kids can enjoy or for those who going to a park is not even an option, this is the answer.

As the president of Bremerton Beyond Accessible Play, and the mother of a 4-year-old boy with spina bifida, I am familiar with the community's need to see the completion of this playground. Many families have dedicated their efforts to provide their children this safe, fun and much-desired facility. We do so joyfully because this playground will allow future generations of children of all ages and abilities to experience the joy of play.

To make the local inclusive playground possible, the city of Bremerton applied for a Washington Wildlife and Recreation Program grant. Only with the support of our legislators, Reps. Jan Angel and Larry Seaquist, can this grant option continue, thus creating the chance for projects like the inclusive playground at Evergreen Rotary Park to become a reality.

April Mills, Bremerton

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