ARIZONA NEWS

New playground that aims to help the disabled opens in Mesa

Dec 3, 2016, 7:30 AM
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)...
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

MESA, Ariz. — A new playground in Mesa, Arizona, aims to help children with disabilities participate in playtime. The playground, located in Dobson Ranch Park, is the first universally inclusive playground for the city.

Marc Heirshberg, director of parks, recreation, and community facilities for the city of Mesa, said all of their playgrounds are already accessible under the Americans with Disabilities Act, but said, “This really takes it to the next level.”

According to Heirshberg, the playground provides new experiences for everyone regardless of their disability.

“For those that are on the autism spectrum, we have several play panels that make noise, or they can trace things, or they can interact with musical equipment,” said Heirshberg.

If things get too loud for the children, they can go to the Cozy Cocoon to block out the noise and activities.

If a child is in a wheelchair, they will be able to access every level of the playground through ramps.

“We also have a zipline that will allow even a person in the wheelchair to transfer to that,” said Heirshberg.

The city started to draft plans for the park back in 2011, and asked for community input about the new playground this past January. The playground is paid for through a parks bond that voters in Mesa approved back in 2012.

The grand opening of the playground is Saturday.

Lifetime Windows & Doors

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at an event touting a new universal school voucher progra...
Associated Press

Gov. Doug Ducey takes victory lap over Arizona school voucher plan

Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and backers of universal school vouchers took a victory lap Tuesday over legislation the Republican-controlled Legislature enacted in June.
18 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@DougDucey)...
KTAR.com

Here’s why a portion of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey’s new border wall was temporarily knocked over

Within days of announcing action to fill in border wall gaps near Yuma, a portion of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's new barrier was temporarily knocked over Monday morning. Here's the explanation from the governor's office.
18 hours ago
(Twitter Photo/@MaricopaVote)...
Kevin Stone

3-vote margin triggers automatic recount in Maricopa County primary race

One race in the Maricopa County’s recent primary election was so close that it triggered an automatic recount under state law.
18 hours ago
(Photo by Oleg Nikishin/Newsmakers)...
Associated Press

Battles rage in Arizona courts over 3 voter initiatives

Proponents of three voter initiatives who each turned in hundreds of thousands of signatures last month to qualify them for the November ballot are trying to beat back legal challenges that could prevent them from going before voters.
18 hours ago
Republican gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake said Arizona needs “to have a comprehensive plan” fo...
Kevin Stone

Kari Lake, Arizona’s GOP nominee for governor, calls water supply ‘maybe the top issue’

With Arizona facing reduced access to Colorado River water, GOP gubernatorial nominee Kari Lake said securing the state’s supply is “maybe the top issue."
18 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)...
KTAR.com

Police arrest man after fatal stabbing over lighter in Mesa

Maricopa County Sheriffs arrested a man in Mesa Sunday after he fatally stabbed another man 50 to 70 times in an altercation.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Ways to prevent clogged drains and what to do if you’re too late

While there are a variety of ways to prevent clogged drains, it's equally as important to know what to do when you're already too late.
...
Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

Why your student-athlete’s physical should be conducted by a sports medicine specialist

Dr. Anastasi from Mayo Clinic Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in Tempe answers some of the most common questions.
...
Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
New playground that aims to help the disabled opens in Mesa