City welcomes public to groundbreaking ceremony for All-Abilities Park

ST. GEORGE — The City of St. George has invited the public to its groundbreaking ceremony Thursday at 4 p.m. for its All-Abilities Park at the west end of the parking lot near the community garden, next to Tonaquint Park, 1851 South Dixie Drive in St. George.

The goal of the park is to create a playground and environment that is universally inclusive and accesible to all, the city’s Leisure Services Director Kent Perkins said in an earlier interview.

“This facility will be built in Tonaquint Park and will provide persons with disabilities, their families, friends, and peers a place to play, socialize and learn together,” Perkins said. “We want to create a magical place where play happens without barriers or bias. A place where acceptance and awareness are fostered and the focus is on abilities, not disabilities.”

Video courtesy of the City of St. George, St. George News

Event details

  • What: All-Abilities Park groundbreaking ceremony
  • When: Thursday, Jan. 15 at 4 p.m.
  • Where: 1851 South Dixie Drive, St. George
  • Contact: City of St. George, Leisure Services Department | Telephone 435-627-4500 | Email leisure@sgcity.org.

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7 Comments

  • Paul January 13, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Nice video but all the kids will flock there and climb into the volcano….and what makes it any different than a regular park? All the kids I saw with disabilities were sitting still in wheelchairs…..It looks like a nice stroller park…. I am not impressed but it is a good plan as long as it is different than the video!

    • Reb January 16, 2015 at 9:11 am

      The computer simulation is just a simulation and unfortunately most computer simulation programs like the one that created the video just have no way of showing someone with Autism, MS, Cerebral Palsy, or other disabilities that do not require a wheelchair.

  • Melda January 13, 2015 at 7:47 pm

    How much does it cost? Will there be an entrance fee? I agree with Paul, all the kids who can WILL attempt to climb inside the volcano…..is that smoke safe for the environment? I do like the idea of a park. Bring on the park! I also liked the dinosaurs and palm trees. Hopefully there will be a sprinkler splash pad or some misters or something for those 100 plus days…

    • Reb January 16, 2015 at 9:05 am

      The smoke from the Volcano is high pressure misting water, nothing else. The volcano will be accessible to the inside. The park will be free to use.

  • Koolaid January 16, 2015 at 9:59 am

    What is the taxpayer price tag on this socialist item?

  • Robb Willie January 16, 2015 at 11:13 am

    Playgrounds have had all the fun litigated right out of them. As said by others here, the kids WILL climb into the volcano, just for some excitement. I can’t imagine how they will make it safe, but I doubt it will resemble what’s in this video; if the volcano makes it in at all. Wrong kind of palms too, btw.

    • Robb Willie January 16, 2015 at 11:14 am

      Oops, just read Reb’s comment about the volcano being accessible.

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