Lions Club Donates Funds for Playground Equipment for Special Needs Children

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A new project is now underway for special needs children in the city of McAllen.

Mike Hernandez Parks & Recreation Director, “It’s very difficult for a child in a wheelchair to get to a playground because usually its mulch all around. So if you bring a wheelchair in, it’ll be hard to move.”

But in a few short months, those mobility issues will become a thing of the past at the old Crockett park and trail.

Mike Hernandez, “This one would have a surface that allows for you to bring your wheelchair right up to the structure.

Some of the amenities will include a sitting area, a shade structure and a new water fountain to help keep children hydrated in the sun.

Nelson Oliveira Adaptive P.E. Coach says, “I believe it is a fantastic idea for all children, especially those with special needs to have accessible playgrounds, parks and recreation. And also, it’s an opportunity for the community to go outdoors and mingle with the special needs population, understand their needs.”

The new park will be designed to meet the needs for disabled children but it’ll be open for all kids to play in. City officials say it’ll be completed by the end of next February, just in time for the spring.

The new park will be made possible thanks to a $10,000 donation from the McAllen Lions Club.

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