Inclusive playground coming to Greenville

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WITN) - A handful of new all-inclusive playgrounds are opening in our state, including Haven's Gardens which held its grand opening in Washington Wednesday.

Now, another Eastern Carolina city is working on building its own play area that is friendly to children with disabilities.

The Greenville Recreation and Parks Department is developing an inclusive playground at Town Common, a project that's funded through a $750,000 grant from Trillium Health Resources.

Construction will start next month and is expected to be done by the end of September, according to officials.

The one-acre playground will include musical instruments and special spinners, as well as a liberty swing, which Director Gary Fenton says is one of the main pieces.

"They don't have to get out of their wheelchair to utilize the swing," he explains. "And so that really opens the door to something that most of those kids have never had an opportunity to do so we're excited about that."

Fenton says there are a few more elements they'd like to add to the playground, like a zipline, so they are looking for sponsors to help fund these pieces.