Miracle League gives kids with disabilities a place to play

Volunteers work on behalf of Petaluma's Miracle League
Volunteers work on behalf of Petaluma's Miracle League (Press Democrat)

A group of volunteers worked to build a new playground designed to accommodate children with disabilities. Miracle League North Bay is spearheading the $2 million project. More than 200 people came to Petaluma’s Lucchesi Park to join in the work.

The playground’s features are based on drawings from local children. When finished, it will include a play structure with a ramp, wheelchair-friendly rubber surfacing,  a “cozy dome” where children with autism and others can take a break and other special features. The baseball field will have rubberized turf dugouts big enough for wheelchairs.

“It might just look like a regular playground, but it’s designed so thoughtfully with kids with disabilities in mind that it’s able to give them access and also still be engaging for (other) kids that don’t have those same disabilities,”said project manager Amy Larson. “The hope is that kids come out here and they can play with their brothers and sisters and with all of their friends.”

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