WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) – A one-of-a-kind playground in the world is shaping the lives of all kids in the community. It sits in Wheeling near the Wheeling YMCA.
From slides to swings to climbing features, this playground has it all. But it’s far from ordinary, and after 5-years-in-the-making, this community state-of-the-art inclusive playground is making dreams come true for every child.
“It was all worth it when I saw the kids smiles about five minutes ago. Running on there, so it’s huge for the community, huge for the state.”Adam Shinsky, executive director of Wheeling YMCA
“Anytime you can put a smile on the faces of kids, you know you’re doing something right.”Jamie Bordas, President of the board of directors of the Wheeling YMCA
Wheeling YMCA says this is the only one of its kind in the world. But that’s not what led them to draw this plan up in the first place.
“Every child should be able to swing. Every child should be able to go on a merry-go-round. Every child be able to go on a slide and not have to worry about a physical ability, so that’s why we did it, so everybody can play because that’s what the Wheeling YMCA is all about.”Adam Shinsky, executive director of Wheeling YMCA
So every child can do just that at the new J.B. Chambers Memorial Wheeling YMCA Playground.
It’s for all children to play on, including special needs kids regardless of physical or mental disability.
“That’s what inclusivity is all about.”Jamie Bordas, President of the board of directors of the Wheeling YMCA
This playground is built for autistic children who have a serenity spot where they calm down, and children in Wheelchairs can even go on a swing here, and local parents can already tell the kids are already enjoying it.
“She just smiled and that’s the whole reason for all this, just to see the kids smile and she’s 21 but she still likes to do things like that, so it’s a lot of fun.”Becky Bugala, local
And the Wheeling YMCA encourages other parents to swing by with their kids.
“It’s a safe place. The Y has always been a safe place. Everyone’s accepted, so come down, have fun, and enjoy the playground.”Adam Shinsky, executive director of Wheeling YMCA
If you’d like to swing by, the playground just opened today, and it’s right by the Wheeling YMCA.