City of Denison getting first handicap accessible playground

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DENISON, Texas (KXII) -- A playground coming to Forest Park in Denison will be the very first handicap accessible and "all inclusive" playground in our area.

Mary Williams says her 13-year-old son, Joseph, has autism.

He's always been sensitive to touch, smells and sounds.

"He likes to touch, he likes to see what it is."

That's why it's sometimes overwhelming for them to visit parks.

"If he goes to a park, he doesn't slide, he doesn't climb, he swings."

Jessica Duce with the Denison Rotary Club says kids like joseph inspired the city to make this park a reality.

"It's very important that those kids have the same opportunities to get out and play," Duce said.

Williams says the idea that all children, despite physical disabilities or disorders, can play together in one area is a good message for the community.

"It's good for them to be associated with them, to be a little closer and they can see their struggles," Williams said.

The new jungle gym will feature a splash pad, braille signs, ramps, and several sensory focused activities.

"Children that are wheelchair bound or special needs will have swings that they can play on and also other activities that they can do inside the playground," Duce said.

It will cost $299,000 and it is being funded through donations from the public and the Denison Rotary Club.

"We had agreed to make a donation of 100,000 dollars to the City of Denison to help with the playground equipment at Forest Park."

If you're interested in making a donation, you can email Jessica Duce at

The Denison Rotary club is looking for playground sponsors willing to donate $5000.

These sponsors names will be lasered into the playground floor.

The deadline for this is March 6th.

Bricks being removed from Chestnut Street will be available for purchase on April 1st from 9-4.

Anyone can purchase the bricks at the Denison Residential Collection Station located at 300 W. FM 84.

The Denison Rotary Club is also holding a golf tournament on Saturday, May 6th at Denison County Club and are actively seeking teams and sponsors.

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