Turnstone Dedicates its Fully Accessible Playground
July 21st, 2016
Fort Wayne, IN – At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 20, Turnstone dedicated its newly renovated and fully accessible playground and courtyard.
Included in the celebration are Turnstone’s littlest clients and biggest fans of the new playground – our Kimbrough Early Learning Center children ages 2 through 13. Joining them will be the Miller family, who generously donated a significant portion of the funding for the renovation, along with the Community Foundation, Turnstone Board of Directors, staff and other Turnstone clients.
“The Kimbrough Early Learning Center (KELC) play area was designed with children of all ability levels in mind. The area features a play structure that includes elements that work on children’s large and fine motor skills, while also incorporating a dramatic play bus panel. A play camper was custom designed to allow children and adults of all ability levels access and the opportunity to play. A gas station was included to allow children to “fuel up” on their way around the new trike path. Another stop along the path is an accessible art easel. The Miller Family Foundation music garden was included to enhance fine motor skills and improve working memory. One of the largest overall changes to the outdoor space was the addition of over 6,000 square feet of Poured in Place rubber surfacing, which makes all areas of the new play space accessible and safe,” say Adrianne Lyon, Turnstone Director of KELC.
“As a leading advocate for children with disabilities in northeast Indiana, Turnstone knows how important it is for children with special needs to fit in, to play, and to be included in everyday experiences that a typically developing child has. To continue to meet this need for barrier free play and interaction for children of all ages and abilities, we initiated this remarkable renovation. Children, with and without disabilities, will develop essential skills for life as they learn together through play. .” said Mike Mushett, CEO. “Thank you to the Miller Family Foundation for supporting this renovation. You’ve brightened the lives of all of our clients.”
Turnstone has a fully inclusive childcare that uses the playground on a daily basis as well as Adult Day and Memory Care programs that spends time in the courtyard area enjoying the fresh air and social time with the children.