LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - For children there are few things more fun than playing on a playground. For some children, though, that's something they can't do. Perhaps they are in a wheelchair, or have sensory issues that keep them off the playground with other children.
However Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is hoping to bring a new Forest Friends Playground that will be ADA-accessible, allowing children of all abilities to play together. Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve is a 170-acre public charity located in Goshen that hosted 41,000 visitors last year.
The proposed playground will have giant, friendly forest creatures, like the ones that live in the forest at Creasey Mahan. Animals such as frogs, turtles, American beaver and even a giant orange newt. Developers also hope to have a loop track, allowing parents to exercise while their children have fun.
Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve does not plan on charging for the use of a playground, but it needs help to raise money. It is a visitor-supported public charity but does not get any funds from the city, county or federal government.
Organizers hope to raise $500,000 for the playground ($400,000 will go toward building the park, $100,000 will go to maintenance).
For more information on the Forest Friends Playground or Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve go to www.kynaturepreserve.org.