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Queen Creek Parks and Recreation becomes autism certified

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PHOENIX — A Valley parks and recreation department has become the second in three months to receive its autism certification.

Queen Creek Parks and Recreation recently completed a training program to become a Certified Autism Center, the city announced Monday in a press release.

Mesa Parks and Recreation became autism certified in late May.

“Queen Creek strives to be an inclusive community for people of all abilities,” Mayor Gail Barney said in the release. “This certification is an important milestone towards that goal.”

The Southeast Valley suburb’s parks and community resources were also reviewed as part of the certification process. Additional information and guides will be provided to residents as a result, according to the release.

Queen Creek’s newest park, Mansel Carter Oasis Park, has been outfitted with inclusive-focused play equipment.

Additionally, the entire park area had a rubber surface and additional signage installed, the release said.

The department recently partnered with local charity Friends of Horseshoe Park to offer free adaptive recreation programs, according to the release.

The next class is Aug. 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Recreation Annex.

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