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Children With Special Needs Will Have a Special Playground in Valley Glen

The park renovations were built in conjunction with Shane’s Inspiration, an international nonprofit organization.

Councilman Paul Krekorian and leaders from the Valley Glen commnity gathered Monday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Universal Access Playground at Valley Glen Community Park, located at the corner of Erwin Street and Ethel Avenue.

When completed, the park will include stepping logs, up to eight play structures, as many as five half log climbers/slides and more, according to a press release from Krekorian's office. While the new playground will be open to all, it was specifically designed for children with special needs in conjunction with the advocacy group Shane’s Inspiration, an international nonprofit organization. The project, paid for with Proposition K funds, will also include new lumber fencing and a new track around the park, which is scheduled to be completed in September, according to Krekorian's office.

"For far too long, Valley Glen Community Park has been an underutilized acre of open space in our community. As a result of sustained efforts by my office and the Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council, we will soon be able to enjoy a western-themed playground, jogging path, and new trees, transforming the park into a beautiful neighborhood destination for runners, children of all abilities and everyone else," Krekorian said in a statement. "I couldn't be more excited and thank everyone who spent years working so hard to make these plans a reality." 

See the attached photos of the groundbreaking.

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