Kids & Family

Park Gets Playground Equipment for Children of All Abilities

Check out these cool swings that all kids will love, especially kids with disabilities

A park in a community just south of Pittsburgh has something special that you won't find on many playgrounds. Morgan Park in South Fayette Township has swings that were developed for kids with disabilities, but would be a fun bonding opportunity for adults and children of any ability. They cut the ribbon on the new equipment on Wednesday.

The GameTime Expression Swing allows an adult and a child, or two children, to swing face-to-face, providing opportunities for multigenerational play and emotional bonding. It also allows a parent or grandparent to calm a child on the autism spectrum who is apprehensive about going on a swing, or be physically close to a child with developmental challenges for whom a traditional swing might be dangerous.

There's a swing with a bucket seat for children under five years old and a facing adult swing. There's also one with an adult swing facing an adaptive seat that provides additional support for children ages 5 to 12 of all abilities.

Installation of the Morgan Park swings was paid for with a $3,500 Play for Change grant, funded by the Grable Foundation and the Benedum Foundation, and awarded to South Fayette Township in partnership with the Watson Institute. The Watson Institute is an organization providing special education programming and services for children ages 3 to 21.

"The Watson Institute is proud of our partnership with South Fayette Township and to serve this community." Barry W. Bohn, CEO of the Watson Institute.

Morgan Park is located at 515 Millers Run Road, South Fayette PA 15064.

(Images: GameTime website )

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