Temecula Breaks Ground on New Special Needs Playground

Photo courtesy: City of Temecula
Photo courtesy: City of Temecula
Temecula city officials broke ground Friday on a new park feature with a unique purpose-- a special needs playground and a future "splash pad."

"The City of Temecula is pleased to embark on a playground and future splash pad designed for children of all abilities," city officials said in a news release.  "The playground is developed with the goal of creating a place where children with special needs can easily move around and interact with others."

The playground is being added to Margarita Park, located at 29119 Margarita Road.  It's expected to take about three months to construct, and has a tentative opening date for September.

“This is a well-thought-out playground that includes equipment, materials and designs so that children of all abilities have the same play opportunities and can navigate the playground with ease," Councilmembers Naggar and Comerchero said in the news release.

Here's more on the park from the city of Temecula:

Some of the unique features that make this park accessible to children of all abilities are the Inclusive Swing Seats that are designed for upper and lower body support with secured and supportive restraints, a Trans-Glide that is ADA wheelchair accessible for gliding, a sensory garden, tabletop play areas, equipment for spinning, sliding, swaying and crawling, an enclosed fence with only one way in and one way out to prevent children from wandering, ample space to allow for running and exploring, rubberized surface for easy mobility, ramps and other imaginative play prompts
For more information and questions, contact the Temecula Community Services Department at (951) 694-6480. 
To see more photos from the groundbreaking, check out the City of Temecula's Facebook page here.

Jeffrey C. Nickerson June 07, 2014 at 11:56 AM
I had the pleasure of attending the groundbreaking of the Special Needs Playground. As the parent two special needs adult children I am very aware of the pleasure & challenges of raising special needs children. I wish such a park existed when my children were growing up. Mike Nagger gave a very inspirational talk that brought back many of those memories. Congratulations to the City of Temecula!
Katie 0311 June 07, 2014 at 12:56 PM
That's awesome.
Net June 09, 2014 at 12:32 PM
Every child is special.
Musicology June 13, 2014 at 01:37 PM
This will be such a wonderful addition to the area! All kids need a place to play and be kids.


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