(WBIR- Scott County) After four years of planning, fundraising, and building, a playground designed to accommodate special needs children is finally open in Oneida.
Amy Martin has a son with global developmental disabilities. She said she thought of the idea for the playground after visiting a similar one in Knoxville.
"Until you have a child that can't jump until you teach him, and you have to be right on top of him, to finally be able to let him be able to play just like a regular kid, it's just a great relief," Martin said.
The playground features a poured rubber surface that, according to Martin, will prevent children from hurting themselves if they fall. It also has four kinds of swings and wheelchair-accessible ramps. The complex is designed to improve physical, occupational, and cognitive play.
"If there's just one child that has come here that's never been able to have the opportunity to swing or never had the opportunity to slide, it will be worth it," Martin said. And she said the playground was built so children with special needs can play alongside other children and learn from each other.
"For the few minutes that they're getting to play, they're just like all the other kids," Martin said.
The playground cost about $163,000 to build. Martin said they still need about $15,000 to completely pay for it, but there are several fundraisers planned to raise the additional funds.