Inclusive Playground Opens at Freshwater Park

FRESHWATER, CA (KIEM) – Humboldt County’s first inclusive playground is now open at Freshwater Park.

Children rushed over to the new playground as soon as the ribbon was cut. They got to play on swings that are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The county also upgraded the ground with rubber surfacing, so there is less impact if kids fall. The total cost of the new playground was around $197,000. It was funded primarily by the ADA compliance unit.

“Its really exciting and its like new. Like last time there was only like about five things, now there’s like 10 or something. I really like it. Its one of the best parks I’ve seen,” said Khaliaya Spreen-Wellington, a 2nd grader at Freshwater Elementary.

“This is part of the County’s continuing efforts to provide [equal] access to all of our facilities, programs, and activates to anybody with any abilities,” said Travis Smith CAO Project Manager.