Possibility Playground under construction, volunteers working to make it even more accessible
PORT WASHINGTON, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Construction is underway at Possibility Playground to make it even more accessible for kids and adults.
It was built in 2008, and since then there's been wear and tear. When it came time to redo the surface, organizers decided to bring in some new additions.
There will be an accessible merry-go-round, new musical instruments, a new bandshell and performing area, and a treehouse with a new slide.
“The new slide accommodates children who have cochlear implants. It's to help with their hearing. If they go on a plastic slide, static builds upon that, so they can now slide alongside their other friends," said Mardy McGarry, organizer.
For the new additions, organizers turned to a company called "Play by Design" based out of Ithaca, New York to make the playground fully accessible.
McGarry is a retired special education teacher and saw a need more than a decade ago. According to organizers, it was the first community-built playground for children of all abilities.
When kids and adults come back to the playground, they will see something new at the entrance.
"It's whimsical," said Marina Lee, an artist from Beginning Dreams Forever art studio.
Lee made this sculpture called "Nessie."
“Nessie, a loch ness monster, is something they’ve wanted because of Lake Michigan and the castle theme at the park," said Lee.
Since Tuesday, dozens of volunteers from the community have come out to help.
“The community itself has embraced us so much," said McGarry.
The last day of construction is on Saturday, September 28. There will be a celebration at 5 p.m. Organizers are hoping to have a grand opening late October or early November.
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