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Inclusive playground opens in Pasquotank County

Posted at 4:46 PM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-20 16:46:38-05

Playground at Fun Junktion (Photo: Carolina Parks & Play)

Elizabeth City, N.C. – People of all ages and abilities will be able to have fun at Elizabeth City’s new inclusive playground at Fun Junktion Park.

The playground opened Sunday with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

There’s plenty of fun equipment available, including a Liberty Swing made for children and adults who use wheel chairs! There are also rubberized surfaces, double wide ramps, a splash pad, large shaded area, double sensory domes, adaptive swings, a sandpit, a double zip line with adaptive seating and adult workout equipment.

Trillium Health Resources, a specialty care manager for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, gave Pasquotank County Parks and Recreation $650,000 for the playground.

“Trillium is so excited to officially open the playground in Elizabeth City and continue making a positive impact on the community,” says Leza Wainwright, CEO of Trillium. “With these new updates, children with disabilities can better enjoy play time with their peers, and family members with disabilities can participate in outside play together. We strive to strengthen the bonds within the community, and this park helps eliminate the stigma of disabilities.”

Grants were awarded to 30 locations, including Beaufort, Bertie, Brunswick, Camden, Carteret (Emerald Isle and Morehead City), Chowan, Craven (New Bern, Havelock and Dover), Currituck (Barco and Point Harbor), Dare, Gates, Hertford, Martin, New Hanover (Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach), Northampton, Onslow (Jacksonville and Swansboro), Pamlico, Pasquotank, Pender (Hampstead and Burgaw), Perquimans, Pitt (Greenville and Ayden), Tyrell and Washington.