The new JB Chambers Memorial Wheeling YMCA Playground is slowly starting to take shape in a field off Kruger Street in Elm Grove, a state-of-the-art community playground for all kids.
Adam Shinsky, Executive Director of the YMCA, said the meaningful inclusive playground is “A Wheeling YMCA project that will benefit not only Miracle League athletes, but all the kids in the community. “
He said when YMCA officials announced they would be making improvements to Elm Grove facilities as part of their multi-million dollar expansion plans, they decided the inclusive playground would be part of these improvements.
In addition to a variety of slides, swings and climbing devices, the inclusive design playground will feature plenty of ramps and specific play equipment that can accommodate people with special needs, according to Andrew. “Drew” Peterson, owner of Recreation Equipment Company of Danville, Indiana. He said his company started building the specialized playground several weeks ago on a section of the YMCA’s fenced lot near Kruger Street.
The playground will feature a variety of educational pieces, including musical elements, according to Peterson. He said there will be xylophones, a chime and a variety of drums that will actually make sounds.
In addition to the shade structures positioned above different areas of the playing field, a glued rubber safety surface will also be installed under the equipment. Six benches and two picnic tables will also be integrated into the overall design.
Peterson said the playground will have “a lot of cool things” for the enjoyment of families.
Although an exact date has not been set for the official opening of the playground, Shinsky said YMCA officials hope to hold an official groundbreaking ceremony by mid-July, if not sooner.