Inspiration station levels the playing field for kids

Reported by: Ashley Cullins
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Updated: 10/21/2012 12:21 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- There's a new playground in Northern Nevada that levels the playing field for kids.

"For everyone being able to use it it's more fun," said 11-year-old Katie Walsh.

She's talking about Inspiration Station - the first fully accessible playground in Reno.

"It's a playground that was conceived of and developed by the Junior League of Reno women and we worked in partnership with the city to bring this dream to a reality," said Kerry Brennan-Novak, president elect of the group. 

It's a dream come true for parents too. 

"I think it's fantastic," Brenda Donahue said. "It's a long time coming. They've really needed something like this."

"You know it's great," Sophie Hartley said. "I see some of these little children with walkers and wheelchairs get up there and traditional playgrounds don't have those opportunities."

"Children with disabilities feel left out because they can't get to some of the equipement that's for typical peers," Jill Benzing said. "This way we don't have to say no. It's always yes. You want to go to that? Okay let's go do it."
The kids are having fun just being kids.

"Kids don't have to be left out and I get to meet new friends," Walsh said.

Not only does the park have ramps but it also has toys you can feel and hear that are low to the ground, so you don't need to be able to walk or see or hear to play at Inspiration Station.

"There's chimes, there's a lot of puzzles, there's drums," said Kristine Richter, president of the Junior Leage of Reno.
There's something for everyone.

"She loves the swings and the ramp is easier for me to get up with her," Pam Berek said, talking about her daughter. 

"I think he's going to really love the merry go round," Donahue said, talking about her son. 

But it's not just great for the kids.

"We're really excited because parents who are in a wheelchair or have a disability can also come and play right alongside their children," Richter said.

It's sure to inspire families to find more time to play.

Inspiration Station is located in Dick Taylor Memorial Park on Valley Road behind the Evelyn Mount Northeast Community Center.
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