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Gallatin Building All-Inclusive Playground Called ‘Miracle Park'

Posted at 6:20 AM, Jul 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-25 07:21:29-04

Every kid loves to play, but for children with special needs, playgrounds are often times inaccessible. Now, one Tennessee city is working to change that. 

Tabitha West and her mom, Karen, have always loved the outdoors, but agree getting around isn't always easy.

"It would've been really nice to have it when [Tabitha] was smaller. There's not a lot of things that you can do in the community with a child that's in a wheelchair," she said. 

Now, West and the City of Gallatin are working together on a big project called the Miracle Park.

"And we're not a large city, so this is a pretty big undertaking for a city our size," said Gallatin Mayor Paige Brown.

Mary Gauerke is with Gallatin's Parks and Rec Department. She's also the mom to a child with special needs. 

"It's been a dream for me as a mom of a special needs kid to have something like this," she said. 

When complete, the Miracle Park will sit on six acres and be filled with sensory-rich activities, including a modified swing, all-inclusive playground, pedal-park and baseball field. 

"It means that people that have disabilities are being valued by their community," said West.