A playground for all

Along with the unveiling of the sun this week, Hewitt Elementary opened up a new handicap accessible playground. The project includes 3,000 square feet of rubber ground that is wheelchair friendly, as well as a wheel chair glider swing, a wheelchair accessible ramp, and lowered steps for playscape access for students with disabilities. A massive shade structure provides sun protection for all.

Such handicap accessibility comes with a not-so-accessible price tag. The project was made possible through five years of fundraising for $65,000 from the Hewitt PTA, cement donated by JP Lowry Construction, and $90,000 in matching funds provided by Midway’s Panther Kids program. In playful fashion, representatives ran through a red ribbon grand opening rather than cutting the ribbon. It’s officially play time for EVERY child!