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Rogers Voters Approve $15 Million Park

The Scoop:

Rogers will build a new all inclusive park at Mt. Hebron where it allows children who are need of extra support to play with other kids.

The Story:

Voters in Rogers approved a multimillion dollar bond issue on Tuesday night . the bond allows the city to extend its one percent sales tax in order to pay for a variety of projects.

One of those projects is a nearly $15 million new park that will give more kids in Northwest Arkansas the chance to play.

Mason has a rare genetic condition called 4q deletion syndrome.

He’s found ways to kind of overcome to a certain degree the limitations that his body has for him… – Stevens

She said although her son is resilient, simple things like going to the playground can be difficult.

The traditional or conventional playground just isn’t designed for kids who are needing extra support or need flat surfaces to walk around on and be able to explore… – Stevens

The City of Rogers hopes to give families like Stevens’ a park at Mt. Hebron with a playground that will be accessible for all kids.

Not just a compliant park or an accessible but a park where children of differing abilities can play together and side by side within the same park… – Jim White, director of parks and recreation for the city.

Funding for the nearly $15 million park project was one of the items on the ballot for the Rogers bond issue vote.

It’s about bringing the community together. – White

Stevens said becoming more inclusive is also good for Northwest Arkansas as a whole.

From a community perspective, when you create environments that do that it rises the entire community up and enables people with all different types of abilities to experience things in the same way  – Stevens

Source: 5news

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