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Inclusive playground unveiled in Santa Maria

Posted at 8:45 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 11:52:41-04

The City of Santa Maria unveiled a park Wednesday where every child can play.

The inclusive playground at Preisker Park features a variety of specialized equipment that allows for children with visual, mobile or hearing impairments to take part in the fun.

The project began back in October of 2018 with fundraising efforts by the Santa Maria Kiwanis for Kids Foundation and PLAY, Inc. while the Recreation and Parks Department coordinated construction.

"The good thing about the playground is not only physically disabled, it also talks or addresses the issue for individuals for with hearing and sight impairments, so there's a lot of activities, a lot of stimulation activities on the playground," said Alex posada, Santa Maria Recreation and Parks director.

The PlayCore equipment includes a Zero G-Swing with an adjustable harness to help maintain a neutral body position and minimize fatigue of children with physical disabilities.

The project cost around $200,000.