Every child benefits from playing outside; it’s not only fun but play teaches children how to make friends and learn new social skills. Special needs children are presented with many challenges, especially on the playground. In many instances, special equipment is needed which is not found in traditional play settings.
In 2017, HBA Cares was called upon by Special Kids, Special Families to assist in the construction of a brand new playground with equipment specially designed for children with disabilities and special needs. The new equipment allows children with special needs that attend Zach’s Place to explore, develop and integrate all of their senses, while supporting motor skills and social play experiences.
HBA Cares integrated play equipment that was simple and intuitive. Installing an accessible swing, interactive learning play panels and a safe surface allows children of all ages and abilities to play in the same space. Mike DeGrant, President of HBA Cares, organized local companies to get involved in the project including but not limited to, C&C Sand and Stone Co., Robertson’s Landscaping, and Woods Site & Playscapes. “I’d like to thank Linda Warren of Warren Management Group for referring us to HBA Cares.” says SKSF Executive Linda Ellegard. “The dedication and hard work of everyone involved is greatly appreciated! We now have a safe place where our kids can play outside and have fun!”
Zach’s Place at the Laurie Hillyard Family Center is located at 4975 Granby Circle, in Colorado Springs and provides respite and daycare to children with disabilities and special needs. The center is only one of two licensed day care facilities that provides 24/7 specialty care – seven days a week. The center is a lifeline for families raising children with disabilities ages 2.5 through 21.