Playground designed for kids with all abilities opens in AJ Jolly Park

Haley Parnell
Haley Parnell
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A new playground in AJ Jolly Park designed for kids with all abilities is officially open.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Wednesday at the ADA-accessible playground, located at 1501 Race Track Road in Alexandria.

The new playground, near the ranger station, has equipment for children of all abilities, ages 5 to 12.

It features a main play structure with two slides, a transfer station, and sensory components. There is a swing set with two belt swings, a toddler swing, and one ADA swing. A unity teeter tunnel, a cozy cocoon, an accessible whirl, and a unity dome with sensory connections are also part of the playground.

Overview of the park. Photo by Haley Parnell
The unity teeter tunnel in the park. Photo by Haley Parnell
The swing set with the ADA swing. Photo by Haley Parnell.

The playground sits on top of a poured-in-place rubber base, designed to allow for independent accessibility for people of all abilities, including those with developmental and sensory disabilities.

Campbell County Judge/Executive Steve Pendery said the county identified the playground as a project for part of the American Rescue Plan Act funds that they received from the government.

“As you can see, behind me, there are people, even with all the bustle around, who are perfectly content to play here,” Pendery said. “So, it’s been a success.”

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