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Posted on: May 26, 2021

Grand opening announced for Springfield’s first inclusive playground

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SPRINGFIELD, Tenn. – The City of Springfield is proud to announce the grand opening of the city’s first inclusive playground at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 29, 2021, at Martin Luther King Jr. Park, 2623 S Main Street. The grand opening will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, music by BJ the DJ, and food available to purchase from Papa John’s Pizza and Maria's concessions. The community is invited to attend.

The new facility is a model inclusive playground with sensory features that allows children of differing ability levels to play together. The grounds and section of the equipment are wheelchair accessible. 

The playground is part of a larger project partially funded by a Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grant of $500,000 that was awarded to the Springfield Parks & Recreation Department. The full project includes a walking trail and two multi-purpose fields with bleachers at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. Construction will be completed later this year on those additions. 

The playground’s grand opening coincides with the opening of the city’s splash pad at Martin Luther King Jr. Park. The splash pad will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through August 1 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. August 2 until the end of the season. 

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