Local Hospital Supports Area’s First “Universally Accessible” Playground for Special-Needs Children
ANTIOCH, Calif., January 13, 2009 - Swings, jungle gyms and teeter-totters seem so easy to climb and play on, yet for some children playgrounds are only a dream – but that’s changing. Sutter Delta Medical Center (SDMC) has awarded a $5,000 grant to the Special Kids Foundation to help fund a special needs friendly or “universally accessible” playground in Oakley, Calif.
Special Kids Foundation is working with the nonprofit Friends of Oakley Community Foundation to fund and build the playground near Oakley’s O’Hara Park Middle School. Designed to be a safe and good time for all children, the structure will include multisensory attractions for children and allow them to play with chimes, crank gears, manipulate water flow, alter the refraction of light and more.
Through this donation SDMC continues its commitment to build our community by supporting a local nonprofit’s efforts to build a “universally accessible” park in the city of Oakley. The park is the first of its kind for East Contra Costa County and specially designed to be accessible to special-needs children and non-disabled children alike.
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