Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation took another step in its commitment to provide playgrounds accessible to all children by opening its largest adaptive playground at the Lesley “Les” Miller All People’s Community Park and Life Center, 6105 E. Sligh Ave., in Tampa, according to a news release.
The 10,000-square-foot, ADA-compliant playground has an adventure theme, and is designed to encourage children of varying physical abilities to stay active and have fun.
In addition to the traditional elements of swings and slides, the playground also offers rope- and rock-climbing structures, musical elements, and synthetic turf.
It also features play equipment for children with sensory needs, including a sea serpent with textured scales and a matching game, two Quiet Grove sensory coves, spinner bowls, and two different types of rocker units that encourage socialization and teamwork.
The playground is surrounded by a 4-foot high fence, with four gates equipped with pool latches to keep young children from leaving unattended.
The adaptive playground was dedicated in memory of Rebecca “Becki” Forsell, founder of For Eyes Only, a support group for individuals with sight impairments. A car accident in 1996 left Forsell legally blind.
Forsell also founded Yes! Of America United that helps to empower, educate and enrich all people with disabilities.
Published June 23, 2021