HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation will take a huge step in its commitment to provide playgrounds accessible to all children by opening its largest adaptive playground on Friday, June 18 at the Lesley “Les’’ Miller All People’s Community Park and Life Center.
The 10,000-square-foot, ADA-compliant playground has an adventure theme and includes numerous play units designed to encourage children to stay active and have fun. In addition to traditional elements like swings and slides, the playground features rope- and rock-climbing structures, musical elements, and synthetic turf.
The playground features play equipment for children with sensory needs, including a sea serpent with texture scales and hidden icons that double as a matching game, two Quiet Grove sensory coves where children can take a break from the action but still feel involved with the active play happening around them, spinner bowls, and two different types of rocker units that encourage socialization and teamwork.
The playground is surrounded by a four-foot-high decorative fence with four gates equipped with pool latches to keep young children from leaving the playground unattended.
The playground will be dedicated in memory of Rebecca “Becki’’ Forsell. After a car accident left her legally blind in 1996, Forsell founded For Eyes Only, a support group for individuals with sight impairments. She later founded Yes! Of American United, which helps empower, educate, and enrich all people with disabilities.
The opening ceremony for the new playground will be at 10 a.m. June 18 at the Lesley “Les’’ Miller All People’s Community Park and Life Center, 6105 E. Sligh Ave. in Tampa.
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