New playground for special-needs children opening in Marana - Tucson News Now

New playground for special-needs children opening in Marana

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MARANA, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A new playground is opening for Marana children who may have felt out of place before.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is being held at 5 p.m. Friday night for a therapeutic play area at Coyote Trail Elementary School.

It is the first special-needs playground for the Marana Unified School District.

“These kids are sometimes forgotten and here they are not,” said Courtney Cameron, a special education aid.

The area is specifically designed for children with special needs.

There is a wheelchair swing, a pathway for scooters and a sensory pole where students can bang and make noise.

Chris Debonis said the last time his daughter Gianna was on a swing was about two years ago.

“For most kids we take for granted that we can go on the slides," Debonis said. "For a child like Gianna, it’s not that easy to be able to do something like this and make it a reality. It’s just awesome."

The playground is finally done after four years….a true labor of love.

“I love this boy," Cameron said of one of her students. "I go home and think about him and it is important that he feels welcome at Coyote and this playground truly does do that. You can see him smiling...Slight smiles, but they are there."

A handful of teachers used their own money to get the playground off the ground.

The schools’ Parent Teacher Friend Association heard about it and helped out.

The Rotary Club of Marana also contributed $12,000. Other financial support came from Dove Mountain Rotary Club and Chasse Building Team and Sun Valley Masonry.

The project is still not done.

The teachers would love to add more toys.

If you’d like to help out, call the school at (520) 579-5105.

The playground is only for special-needs children.

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