$1.3 million all-inclusive playground opening in Independence

Posted at 9:27 AM, Nov 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-10 10:35:24-05

Swinging! Sliding! Climbing!

The playground is one of childhood’s most important classrooms!

Not only for the physical activity but for the social skills learned and practiced.

So, it is only natural that the playground should be for everybody, regardless of physical limitations and challenges.

That is the reason for this Variety KC all-inclusive $1.3 million largest-in-the-metro playground!

Located at McCoy Park in Independence, a celebratory grand opening will take place on Thursday at 3 p.m.

Independence Mayor Eileen Weir says this is a wonderful partnership between the city, businesses and charity to get something done for the children and families of the entire area.

One non-profit company involved, Unlimited Play, was founded by a mother of a child with physical challenges.

That mom, Natalie Mackay, emphasized the need for “parallel play”, which allows all children, those with disabilities and those without, to have fun side-by-side.

This park makes that happen from slides that allow children with cochlear implants to go zipping on down without the static electricity disabling their devices, to swings that make it possible for everybody to soar.

Of course, Variety KC has been helping children in the metro for decades and this park is a wonderful next adventure.

This is a place to build muscle and friendships.  Most of all, this is a place for every child to have fun. 




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