One idea recently became a reality at William G. Hasty Senior Elementary School in Canton, GA. Sponsorships from generous community organizations including the Service League of Cherokee County, helped bring the idea of a special needs playground to fruition.
The playground is equipped with adaptive swings, and shade awnings to protect children from the sun’s rays. These special features allow children with special needs to access playground equipment that they would not generally be able to access.
Ribbon Cutting at Hasty
The official ribbon cutting and recognition of Amy Kelley’s idea becoming a reality took place on Thursday, May 21, 2015. She helped to initiate the project in an effort to provide a safe and accessible playground for special needs students at Hasty Elementary.
Commercial and public grade playground equipment requires sizable investments as it is made to last for years to come. Accessible swings, such as the ones installed at the Hasty Elementary Fine Arts Academy retail for between $500-$1000. The Service League of Cherokee County made a donation of $10,000.00. This donation along with the donations from others including the Soliel Tennis Club and Hasty PTA helped to see this project through.
Check out the Facebook page for Hasty Elementary Fine Arts Academy and read more about the ribbon cutting and dedication in the Cherokee-Ledger News and at cherokeetribune.com. If you are interested in visiting additional parks with special needs equipment in the metro Atlanta area, take a look at the resource compiled by Emory University.