New park for disabled children to open this summer in Colorado Springs

April 9, 2017 by  

Proceeds from the Colorado Lottery in the amount of $645,000 will be used for projects in the Colorado Springs area, including the city’s second playground for disabled children.

The awards were announced by Great Outdoors Colorado on March 24, according to an article in The Gazette.

Colorado Springs will receive $350,000 to install picnic tables, a parking area, universally-accessible bathrooms, a shaded sandbox, and playground equipment with a ranch theme at the John Venezia Community Park. The park, which is located at Union and Briargate boulevards, is still under construction.

Colorado Springs’ senior analyst Tilah Larson said the money will allow the city to build its “second fully-inclusive playground” so that people with limitations of any kind will be able to play there without running into any barriers.

Two Colorado Springs schools also received grants. Edison Elementary will get a shade structure, boulders for the kids to climb, new equipment, and two outdoor areas for learning.

Academy ACL, which serves gifted children, will build a butterfly garden, an elf village defined by shade structures and grassy mounds, a walking bridge, small caves, grassy space, and an outdoor classroom.

Both the playground and John Venezia Community Park are slated to open July 8, while work on the schools should be finished by August.

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