‘Barrier-free’ playground opens

A “barrier-free” playground officially opened on Saturday, June 19, at the Bird Athletic Complex, located at 10401 Courthouse Road, according to information from the county. The community was invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony that morning.

A “barrier-free” playground is accessible to all children, regardless of physical or intellectual disability, a county press release says. The new playground has wheelchair ramps, an easy-to-navigate rubberized surface and platforms with high and low play panels. In addition, there are elements that appeal to all a child’s senses, such as toy musical instruments, a sign language display and a kaleidoscope.

The playground was devised and funded by the Miracle League of Richmond, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding athletic opportunities for children with disabilities, the release says. The organization already operates a baseball field at the Bird Athletic Complex.

“The playground is a wonderful place to bring kids together to help develop and strengthen essential skills for life as they learn to play together in an unstructured, inclusive environment,” Karen Pusey, president of the Miracle League of Richmond, says in the release.

Volunteers from Communications Specialists Inc., and UPS constructed the playground in early May; Rob Deeds, owner of Old South Building Corp., supervised the community build. The playground was built amid other recreational facilities owned by Chesterfield County, the release says.

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