The Cabot Parks & Recreation Commission this week is considering moving forward with plans to construct a fully inclusive playground at Richie Road Park.
Commissioners are meeting Wednesday to consider a proposal to set up of between $150,000 to $175,000 for the playground. Funds from the sale of the old gymnasium would be used to finance the construction of the playground.
Cabot’s desire to construct such a playground has been done already in North Little Rock.
In January, the North Little Rock Planning Commission on Tuesday voted to propose the name “One Heart Playground” for a new playground that is to be built in Burns Park.
The public had 30 days to provide input on the proposed name choice and unless there are complaints raised about the name, it will be the chosen name, according to Jeff Caplinger, project coordinator for the North Little Rock Parks & Recreation Department.
“Our hope is to have it built by Mother’s Day,” Caplinger said.
The all-inclusive playground is to be constructed by Cunningham Recreation and RJR Enterprises of Rogers.
An all-inclusive playground is a place where children can play together with their peers, family, friends, and neighbors without experiencing physical or social barriers to inclusion. They are designed to challenge and accommodate typically developing children, as well as children with disabilities.
Their design delivers play events that give children a chance to learn, grow and develop together, which is important in improving their physical, cognitive, and social skills.