by Sam Clanton
BRANSON, Mo. – The City of Branson receives a 25-thousand dollar donation from Pat Joyce Family Trust & SummerWinds Resorts for the new inclusive playground going in at the RecPlex.
While the Parks & Recreation Department received an initial 70-thousand dollar grant for the playground, the cost to the city remains approximately 160-thousand dollars, and Parks Director Cindy Shook says she is grateful for the support.
Shook says construction is nearly complete, and an official ribbing cutting ceremony is planned this spring.
The playground is specifically designed for children with special needs and is the first of its kind in the Branson area. While many playgrounds are ADA accessible, this fully inclusive playground will have elements that encourage social and sensory development for those with specific needs beyond physical handicaps.
The playground will be equipped with therapeutic rings, a hand cycler for children in mobility devices, hand drums for children with auditory needs, and a sensory wave climber providing a unique sensory experience.
Anyone interested in take a look at the park or possibly making a tax exempt donation is encouraged to contact Shook by calling 417-335-2709 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.