Years in the Making, Special Needs Playground in Aston Gets Its Day in the Sun

David Bjorkgren
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With her mother Krista and others looking on, Sun Valley High School student Hannah Sweigart gives the new special needs merry-go-round a try. Image via Loretta Rodgers, Media News Group.

A special-needs accessible playground at Aston’s township community center was officially opened Dec. 16 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, writes Loretta Rodgers for the Daily Times.

Township officials and representatives from Energy Transfer, who helped fund the “Smiles in the Playground” facility, were on hand for the ceremony.

Nearby were children, some in wheelchairs, others on crutches, waiting patiently for the playground to open.

The playground is the long-awaited dream of resident Kit Spayd and her mother, Aston 2nd Ward Commissioner Carol Graham. Spayd and her husband Nick are the parents of two daughters, one of whom has special needs.

Energy Transfer donated $305,000 for the all-inclusive playground that features swings, slides, a large climbing area, see-saw, merry-go-round, and other activities that allow children of all skill sets to play freely.

“We are honored to be part of this dream and bringing an idea to reality. We know this playground will bring smiles and inspire children…As they play here, we hope the children will develop friendships, make memories, and have many happy moments,” said Hank Alexander, Energy Transfer vice president of business development.

Read more about the playground opening here.

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