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Main pieces placed at new all-inclusive playground in Atascadero

Posted at 1:02 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-13 01:40:50-05

The first piece of equipment at Atascadero’s new all-inclusive playground has been put into place.

Workers could be seen installing some of the main components of Joy Playground Tuesday morning.

While construction on the project, located at the Colony Park Community Center on Traffic Way, began last May, plans for it have been in the works for years.

In early 2014, the City began working with Parents for Joy to develop the playground after residents spoke up a year earlier about the need for one in the city for children with special needs.

The City allocated more than $500,000 for the project in 2017 but fundraising efforts are still underway.

The playground is expected to be complete in early April when a grand opening will take place.

It will have many special features including 12 swings, a Robin Egg that rocks back and forth, a variety of slides, a rocking raft that holds six children and a wheelchair, and a teeter-totter designed for those with visual impairment or sensory issues.

The non-profit Parents for Joy is made up of local parents, families and teachers who live with or are associated with children with special needs.

Today the main pieces of the Joy Playground will be installed at the Colony Park Community Center! The Joy Playground will be an all inclusive, special needs playground for all children to enjoy! Thank you to Parents for Joy and everyone involved with this project! Parents For Joy Atascadero Recreation Division Visit Atascadero

Posted by City of Atascadero on Tuesday, February 12, 2019