One step closer: Inclusive playground taking shape
Members of the Cottage Grove Lions Club pitched in July 29 to help build the Woodridge Park Inclusive Playground.
Alene Colvin, a member of the inclusive playground task force, said they built a climbing wall and painted a tunnel. The playground will include a zip line, swings, a sensory garden and oversize musical instruments.
Children who become stressed by the crowds or noise, such as those with autism, can take a break from the bustle by ducking inside a cozy dome, a plastic sphere that functions as a sort of tortoise shell.
"Some kids when they have autism, get overwhelmed," Colvin said. "They need a break. Those cozy domes are a good hidey-hole."
A giant teeter totter called a Sway Fun is designed to be wheelchair accessible. Kids can roll their rigs up a ramp and enjoy the ride.
Task force member Shannon Hagness brought her daughters Abby, 10 and Lily, 8.
"I think it's going to be a good playground," Lily said. "I like that it includes special needs people so they can play."
When it opens at the end of September, the $800,000 facility will be the largest inclusive playground in Minnesota.