Inclusive Bloomington playground opens for kids with special needs

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BLOOMINGTON, Ill. — There’s a new park in Bloomington designed to make play accessible for all.

Twin Cities families came together Thursday morning to celebrate the opening of Harmony Park. Four local non-profits spent two years raising the money necessary to build the park.

Some of the unique features include rubber surfacing, ADA compliant ramps, and equipment that encourages kids to interact with one another.

“Having places like this in a community are critical for families with children that are special, even more special,” Bloomington City Manager Tim Gleason said.

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Corin Chapman, a co-chair for the Harmony Park project, spearheaded the development of the park in part to help her son Max, who has a disability.

“Now they can enjoy that classic joy of a merry-go-round together wit h their peers and that is so powerful,” Chapman said. “I think the more that you bring kids that are different from each other, you start to break down that fear of the other. And those are the type of children that have more kindness and empathy and understanding.”

Bloomington’s first all-inclusive park is located at 1002 S Hershey Rd.

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