Playground for children with and without disabilities opens in Pasco
Children in the Tri-Cities with disabilities have a new place to play, as the city of Pasco opens a new, unique playground this afternoon.
Tread Town is the first park in Pasco that is wheelchair accessible, allowing children with and without disabilities to play together.
Community leaders cut the ribbon for the new playground this afternoon at Memorial Park.
The playground has wide ramps, so children in wheelchairs can reach the top of the playground structures.
The ground is also made of a rubberized surface, so if children fall down, the impact will be much softer.
The playground was built thanks to a partnership between the city of Pasco, Tire Pros and Boundless Playgrounds.
Parents and children say so far, they love the new space.
"I think it's marvelous, with the whole safety, I love the groundwork" said Yesenia Valdez, parent.
"It's big and fun to play at" said Paulina Torres, 8-years-old.
"There are over six million children across the United States that because of a physical or mental disability, don't have the ability to play on a traditional playground. So it's really important to provide that inclusive place so that children with and without handicaps can play together" said Ron Sinclair, Tire Pros.
Tire Pros donated $50,000 to the city to make this playground possible.
Nationally, this is the seventh Boundless Playground the company has helped create.
Most of the playground's foundation is constructed from recycled rubber, which includes about 400 recycled tires.
Workers also used more than 16,000 aluminum cans to help create some of actual equipment on the playground.