Inclusive playground to be constructed at park on Riverfront Drive in Fort Smith

FORT SMITH, Ark. (KNWA / KFTA) – Children in Fort Smith will soon be able to use an inclusive playground.

It will be part of a 51 acre park on Riverfront Drive and allow children of all abilities and development levels to play in the same room.

The director of Fort Smith Parks and Recreation says there is a difference between the Americans with Disabilities Act being accessible and inclusive, as ADA rules only allow children to get to the playground equipment.

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“Inclusive play equipment actually allows anyone with a disability to get and step on the play equipment and connect with everyone who is there,” said Doug Reinert, director of Fort Smith Parks and Recreation.

The park will cost the city $ 800,000 to build and should open by October, with the entire park scheduled for completion by spring next year, if the city council approves the funds.

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