San Luis Obispo County

All-inclusive Atascadero playground starting to take shape

ATASCADERO, Calif. - The new all-inclusive playground in Atascadero is starting to shape as a main part of the playground was put into place on Tuesday at Colony Park, according to the city.

The Joy Playground, which has been in the works since 2014, will host a variety of playground options for those with special needs including:

  • custom treehouse with slides and activity panels
  • stainless steel slide for people with cochlear implants
  • 12 swings, including a harness system to keep a child or adult upright
  • a Robin Egg that rocks back and forth to be used for a safe space when a child is overstimulated
  • a raft that holds six children and a wheelchair
  • and a teeter-totter with a tactile face for those with visual impairment or sensory issues

Parents for Joy, a group of local parents, families, and teachers who live with or are associated with children with special needs, applied for grants and held fundraisers to fund the park's construction. The Atascadero City Council approved using $505,000 in Parkland Facilities Fees to put toward the playground's funding in 2017 as well.

For more information on the playground project visit Parents for Joy Playground project.

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