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Aug 11, 2014 12:12 AM by Connie Tran, KSBY News

Parents of children with special needs pushing for special park in Atascadero

Two local moms started a project to build a playground a year ago, that could include every child. Now, their plan is closer to becoming reality.

The founders of the group Parents for Joy first brought the idea of a playground for children with special needs to the Atascadero City Council in May of 2013. Sarah Sullivan and Janell Allen said the city council was completely on board with the project and even offered to advise the group.

Sullivan and Allen, whom are both mothers of children with special needs said, "We knew that they would be happy about it, because who would turn down a playground, especially for special needs kids? But, we had no clue that it would be 'yes, you can do it and how can we help you? Here's how we can help you.'"

The women said before donations, the total cost of the playground will be about $500,000. It will have many features to include people with a range of disabilities. Parents for Joy hopes to break ground in Spring 2015. They will head back to city council to get the design approved in September.

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