A new 8,000 square foot inclusive playground has recently opened in Aurora. The Red-Tailed Hawk Park, opened back in August, was inspired by a 9-year-old boy named Ashaun who uses a wheelchair, making exploring playgrounds extremely difficult for him.
Jamie Jenkins, Ashaun’s adopted mother, said he “used to have the ability to play but through child abuse lost that ability. … Although he couldn’t verbalize exactly what he wanted his wish to be, we tried to really think about what would make him the happiest.”
The new park is fully inclusive with purposeful play equipment and experiences that every child should be able to enjoy. It features a zip line, iSwing, Wheelspin and a range of sensory elements. Ashaun can now play with children his age, something he hasn’t been able to do for a long time.
Other park amenities include sports fields, picnic tables, BBQ grills, restrooms, and shelter that accommodates up to 40 people. This makes the park a brilliant day out for the family – take a picnic and have a day of fun filled activities.
It is wonderful to see young children enjoying the new playground – look at this young boy on the iSwing for example.
Another parent, Justin Fantazzi, said he was delighted to see his son Braydon having fun. “He’s never been on a swing before, never had access to a real playground.. that’s what we strive for as parents of special needs children — to be included and have fun, just like he is right now.”
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