AMBUCS to build special needs park by November
Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:36:18 GMT —
Kasia Bledsoe is an occupational therapist for Specialized Therapy Services and works with 250 kids with special needs.
She said a special needs child not only faces physical challenges, but social challenges like interacting with other kids and even family.
She said there are not many places in the area to fulfill their needs.
â??At this moment in the community the resources are limited,â?? Bledsoe said.
However, the Southwest AMBUCS chapter is helping with that issue.
On Tuesday, they handed the city a check for close to $400,000 to start building a new type of park aimed at thousands of kids with special needs he said are living in the area.
â??The park is made for special needs children, and other parts of the community feel like thereâ??s a great need for these children,â?? Ambucs member Vance Hall said.
AMBUCS said this park has been 3 years in the making, and it was the help of several local organizations, the plan will soon finally break ground.
â??Weâ??re going to have a roller bed so they can feel all parts of their body, Swing set with a wheelchair swing. A ton of apparatuses to help the child,â?? Hall said.
The park will be located between the Don Harrington Discovery Center and the Amarillo Botanical Gardens, and parents said they think itâ??s a great addition to the medical area.
â??Itâ??s a great opportunity for kids who canâ??t play on the normal equipment we see everyday,â?? Canyon resident Brandi Clark said.
Bledsoe said this will help many kids with special needs develop and grow for the future.
The playground is going got help with strength, fine motor skills. Things that will help them with higher level tasks with peers,â?? Bledsoe said.
AMBUCS said the ground breaking will be July, 16. They hope to have it open by November.
The park will also have accessible sidewalks and ramps.
The organization said the city will take over the maintenance when the construction is finished.