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Asheville, NC: Park to be "special needs-friendly," "all-inclusive"

July 21, 2023, ABC 13, Asheville, NC: Asheville set to approve special needs-friendly park with innovative features

The city of Asheville is poised to approve a contract for an all-inclusive playground for children. It will be part of Murphy-Oakley Park adjacent to the Murphy-Oakley Community Center and have special features for children with cognitive challenges, including autism.

Providing access for everyone means having a special design.

"Having a rubber surface will allow for wheelchair access onto the playground," Asheville Parks and Recreation Director D. Tyrell McGirt said.

He said there will be a music area, too.

"Part of the playground there will be what we call a calm area," McGirt said. The park will also have traditional features like slides.

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