Playground geared towards disabled kids

July 27, 2009 3:08:09 PM PDT
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom has announced the opening of a new playground in the city's Bernal Heights neighborhood that features several play structures geared toward children with physical, developmental and emotional disabilities.

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The revitalized St. Mary's Playground, located near Murray Street and Justin Drive, is a $3.1 million state-of-the-art play area that includes a series of decks, bridges and slides, according to city officials.

St. Mary's is touted as the most inclusive playground in San Francisco, and features wheelchair access to the highest platforms and universally accessible pathways and surfacing, city officials said.

The playground also includes a climbing wall and a multi-colored play surface with colors that represent land, water and earth.

"St. Mary's Playground is a shining example of our city's commitment to making our parks more inclusive and accessible for children with disabilities," Newsom said in a statement.

"These types of investments in our community help us retain families in San Francisco and make our city an attractive place to live for families," Newsom said.

For more information about the park, visit www.parks.sfgov.org or call 311.

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