May 21, 2010 12:10 PM by Mekialaya White

Colorado Springs receives its first universally accessible playground

Colorado Springs' first and only universally accessible playground is nearing completion.

More than a hundred volunteers from the Swing High Project, Phil Long Ford, Wounded Warriors, and the Therapeutic Recreation Program spent hours helping put the finishing touches on the playground Sunday afternoon.

The city's new addition will provide children of all abilities the opportunity to play side-by-side, sans barriers; it is the outcome of a partnership between the city's TOPS (Trails, Open Space, and Parks) Program and local non-profit, The Swing High Project, headed by Olympic medal-winning gymnast Michelle Dusserre-Farrell. Dusserre-Farrell has a 10-year-old daughter with spina bifida.

The Swing High Project has spent two years raising $937,000 to build the play area, and no general city tax dollars were utilized.

A dedication ceremony for the Universally Accessible Playground, which is located at the southwest corner of Memorial Park, is scheduled for May 22, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Everyone is invited.


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