The new Sensory Playground opened at Bellvue Park today to scores of youth.
What does it mean to the youth: “there’s a little boy who had never been out of his wheelchair to go play on the equipment. So it was pretty heartwarming,” said Jamie Boston, head of the Algoma Autism Foundation.
“This is the first large playground expansion since 2003,” said mayor Christian Provenzano at the event.
The federal government kicked in $50,000. The Rotary Club put in $90,000 and the Algoma Autism Foundation and Community Living Algoma both put in $5,000.
“This is a many-hands-make-light-work project,” said Boston.
The equipment is made to last through the elements as it was built by a Canadian company for Canadian environments.