Stafford County opening inclusive playground

STAFFORD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Stafford County and Stafford County Public Schools are opening a $170,000 inclusive playground at Chichester Park.

A grand opening ceremony will be held next Saturday, November 19, at 2 p.m.

The playground is designed to be accessible to all children and adults, regardless of ability.

“Our board was happy to fund this project as it will accommodate those with special needs as well as parents and grandparents who might have disabilities, allowing all family members to play together and be active,” Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Bob Thomas said. “We also welcome opportunities to partner with our schools to make our community a better home for everyone.”

“This is a wonderful way to serve more of our students and families.”

Alexa and Rob Harris are the parents of Nathanael Harris, a fourth-grader at Falmouth Elementary School. They have always looked for ways for their son to participate in events in his community and for opportunities for inclusion. A small team of teachers, physical therapists and A. Harris formed an unofficial “Playground Committee” to pursue this idea.

“This is a wonderful way to serve more of our students and families,” said Holly Hazard, Chairman of the Stafford School Board. “I am very proud of our staff for taking the initiative on this and appreciative to the Board of Supervisors and parks personnel for making it a reality.”

The inclusive playground is located at 125 Ralph Williams Drive, Falmouth, VA 22405.

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