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Charlotte YMCA opens new adaptive playground

The playground includes sensory play pieces, wide ramps for wheelchair access and diverse spaces for children of all abilities to enjoy.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Keith Family YMCA unveiled a new adaptive playground on Saturday.

The playground, located on Old Mallard Creek Road, includes sensory play pieces, wide ramps for wheelchair access and diverse spaces for children of all abilities to inclusively enjoy. 

Keith Family YMCA Associate Executive Director, Melissa Orr, said the miracle league is the only miracle league of Charlotte.

Orr said, "When we proposed the idea to have a playground, it just made sense that we have people in the community that have diverse abilities."

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Saturday's event included a welcome, sharing of the playground’s significance in our community and a ribbon cutting, as well as time for families to experience the playground. 

Orr said being able to focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion has opened up partnerships to help fund the project. 

"What the YMCA is about, is working with the community for the community," Orr told WCNC. "We saw a need, and we're just so excited that we have funders and partners to be able to join us and make these programs happen."

The Keith Family YMCA continues to expand inclusive programming in other branches of the YMCA of Greater Charlotte. 

Orr said, "As we commit to this, we've hired somebody in the position as an adaptive coordinator, that their goal is to pilot here and then expand into other branches as well as continue to develop programming."

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte offers an array of diverse abilities programs that kids can enjoy.

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Find more information about diverse abilities programs here.

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