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Group of moms working to make playground more accessible for all children

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A playground should be a fun place for kids to be themselves, but for wheelchair bound students at the Cedar Ridge Elementary, this means being stuck on the sidelines. 

A group of Pueblo West moms have come together in hopes to change that. 

Students Kaitlyn and Brooklyn's friendship knows no limits, but when it comes to the playground, there is one too big to ignore. When Brooklyn was asked if she likes to play on the playground she said, "Not really because I can't go play with any other kids."

This is due to the split in the playground although it is ADA compliant. The blacktop is where wheelchair bound students are restricted to, but the rest of students can play on the swings, run or dig in the pea gravel.

This is why mom Jill West whose son also has limited mobility, has partnered up with other moms and community leaders to take action. "We wanted to create a playground not only for him but for other students like him to be able to play with their peers here," said West, Co-Chair of the Cedar Ridge Playground Project.

The project was founded to re-do the play area with their top priority being replacing the uneven ground with poured-in place rubber to make it easier to travel through.

Brookyln's mother says a small change would help make her daughter not feel left out anymore. "It hurts, you know.  You want the best for your child and you want them to experience every experience in their life, you want them to be able to do what they want to do and a lot of the things Brooklyn wants to do, she just can't."

But the mother of three says the project isn't just meant to cater to one specific group of children, the group of moms and the students just want everyone to be included. 

Here are some of the other features that they are working to add, features that they said will help all of the students enjoy the playground.

  • A rock and glider piece
  • More swings
  • Poured in place rubber instead of pea gravel
  • Another pavilion area that will have accessible ramps
  • Sensory panels
  • An outdoor classroom
  • A sensory, quiet area for students who may not like the loudness of the playground

Through sponsors and other donors, the project has raised over $7,000, with a goal of raising $30,000 to apply for a state grant. To donate to the cause, click on the gofundme page, to find out more about the group click on the link

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