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Update on North Alabama’s first Universal Playground: pandemic has impacted fundraising, how you can help

A new playground hopes to be the first of its kind in North Alabama, one that’s safe for children of all abilities. But, the pandemic has affected things.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. —

A new playground hopes to be the first of its kind in North Alabama, one that’s safe for children of all abilities. But, the pandemic has affected things. 

Cove Universal Playground Project is building a playground to accommodate children with disabilities in Hampton Cove near the new recreation center. 

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The play space would be the first of it's kind in North Alabama; the second universal playground in the state. 

We checked in with them, and they say the pandemic has put a hold on their fundraising. They’re in need of community and corporate sponsorships. One committee member, and mother of a daughter with disabilities says this project is crucial. 

Chris Anne Causey, Co-Chair of Outreach with the Cove Universal Playground Project says, “To see her to be able to play with ‘typical’ peers… For her to access equipment, get things that she normally isn’t able to reach, and to provide an experience for her to do things that her typically developing peers can do-- it’s so meaningful.”

The playground will also accommodate adults and caregivers who may have special needs. The committee aims to open in November, when the new rec center is expected to. 

For more information on how to give/ get involved, click here

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