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New Reading playground gives all children an Opportunity

By Jaccii Farris, Reporter, JFarris@wfmz.com
Published On: Jul 28 2012 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 29 2012 05:35:55 PM CDT

Playground Re-opening

READING, Pa. -

Part of the joy of being a child is playing with your friends, but for some kids, playing with others can be a challenge. Now, there is a new playground in Reading that helps all children enjoy their childhood a little more.

At the Opportunity House Backyard Playground in Reading there are plenty of things to turn, spin and climb on...but more importantly, there's something for every kid to enjoy."

Handicapped kids, able bodied kids, everyone playing together," said Christine Anderton.

The Opportunity House, The I Am Able Foundation and the Gilmore Henne Community Fund built Reading's first ever adaptive playground with ramps and state of the art accessible equipment that puts the focus on fun.

Chris Kaag, the founder of I Am Able Foundation, says the group wanted to build a playground that included all kinds of kids. A place where they can learn that no matter what life gives you.

"There's not disabled and able bodied..we are all human beings out for the same thing. And we need to stop labeling everybody and just get out there and play," said Kaag. "As a parent with kids with special needs it just makes us happy."

The Gilmore Henne Community Fund says moving forward, It hopes to bring this kind of access and joy to all the play grounds it helps to build.