A new inclusive playground is planned for Heritage Park in East Brainerd thanks to a new group with a lot of passion.
Harvesting Inclusive Play has been been meeting for months to plan the project, which they hope to fund with donated dollars. One million donated dollars to be exact. The group is fundraising through the Kiwanis Club, and is planning on help from the city of Chattanooga once the playground equipment is installed.
The man behind the project, Skyler Phillips, has a son with Autism and knew that Chattanooga needed more opportunities for children with special needs to be included with their typical peers. He's also the director the SNAP, Special Needs Awareness Program, that trains firefighters across the state on how to deal with children with different abilities during an emergency. We've featured him before when he created sensory kits for Chattanooga fire trucks.
The inclusive playground will be one of the biggest in Tennessee and will include two areas for different age children. Some of the inclusive features include double-wide ramps so children with wheelchairs can access the equipment at the same time as other children. Once the money is raised and the equipment installed, organizers say the city will take over care and maintenance, as well as add new bathrooms with changing tables to accommodate children all the way to adults, better parking and a pavilion for shade.