Playing without limits

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, September 4, 2007

While many groups and individuals do commendable work to build playgrounds for children who can run, jump and climb on their own, it is refreshing to see a group build a playground for children and parents with disabilities.

The Helena Kiwanis Club recently proved Mayor Sonny Penhale&8217;s assessment correct that nothing is too hard to do if you really want to do it … including the building of a boundless playground.

The Helena Kiwanis Club&8217;s efforts began with raising funds to purchase equipment and special surfacing for the play area. They then had to recruit volunteers to give up their Saturdays to build the playground. This was theeffort of an entire community, which was celebrated with the dedication of the final phase of the Kiwanis All Kids playground Aug. 29.

This playground allows individuals with disabilities to move freely because of the rubbery surface. It also provides components that help children work on their motor and sensory skills.

The Helena Kiwanis Club also has plans to build restrooms that are handicap accessible and install fencing to help protect youngsters from passing cars.

Families of children with all ability levels can now make cherished childhood memories. In fact, the Families of Spinal Muscular Atrophy plan to hold their annual Walk and Roll in Helena at the end of September because of the playground.

This will be only the third boundless playground in Alabama. Surely there are many more communities in Shelby County and the state of Alabama that could benefit from such a worthy project or others that bring people together to help others live full and happy lives