These students are getting an accessible playground

A mock up of what the new accessible playground will look like. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Norfolk Public Schools)
A mock up of what the new accessible playground will look like. (Southside Daily/courtesy of Norfolk Public Schools)

NORFOLK — The Pre-K through 5th grade students at Tarrallton Elementary School will be getting a new playground, thanks to community fundraising efforts which raised $10,000.

The money will supplement $90,000 of city funding already set aside for new equipment, officials said in a news release.

The construction of the playground will benefit Tarrallton Elementary School children aged 5-12, and the equipment will include accessible playground elements for all children.

“The Tarrallton Elementary students, staff and administration gave us feedback and we listened,” said Darrell Crittendon, director of Recreation, Parks and Open Space. “The cyclo cone climber, accelerator swing, and interactive panels at ground-level are just some of the inclusive features designed for children with autism, sensory disorders and other special needs. We are glad to partner with NPS to create environments where our children can succeed.”

Tarrallton was able to raise money through a fundraising fun run in April, officials said.

In addition to the approximately $8,000 raised through the APEX Fun Run, two local businesses contributed another $2,500, officials said.

“We are very excited to know that a new playground will be coming to Tarrallton for our students very soon,” said Tarrallton Principal Michael Swan. “Everyone involved in our school and the community has worked very hard to make this happen. I can’t thank them enough.”

The playground is slated to be completed this winter.

For more information, visit Norfolk.gov.

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