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Canyon Country Park Opens First Inclusive Playground

| Canyon Country Magazine | February 18, 2020

There were hundreds of visitors at Canyon Country Park last month to see the grand opening of the Inclusive Play Area – including Canyon Country Magazine.

Residents and their kids gathered to do more than just watch Santa Clarita City Council members cut a ribbon. Children were released onto the grounds to try out the new toys and enjoy a drum station hosted by REMO. Visitors ate Jersey Mike’s sandwiches and drank Starbucks coffee at the event while visiting with representatives from Special Olympics and volunteers at the Family Resource Fair.

Santa Clarita Mayor Cameron Smyth welcomed those in attendance and introduced the event’s special guest performers – students from the City of Santa Clarita’s Primetime Preschool program, which is also based in the park. The students were able to see the construction of the Inclusive Play Area from start to finish and rehearsed songs that they could sing to their parents and other guests at the grand opening celebration.

Following a brief speaking program, attendees of all ages and abilities watched the ribbon get cut before being the first to explore the variety of elements in the expansive western-themed space. The Inclusive Play Area includes a number of features suggested by residents through a public input process, including a dual-track inclusive zipline, sensory-friendly elements, accessible connections to existing facilities and large shade structures to protect visitors from the elements in the summer months.

“There was a merry-go-round with seats instead of bars on it,” said Barbara Ward, a 58-year resident of Canyon Country. “There were so many mazes where the kids could climb through and go down a number of slides.”

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Ward brought her great grandson to the opening at the park and noticed which toys attracted him most, including musical instruments built into the site.

“I’ve never seen xylophones and drums at a park before,” she said, adding details to her overall reaction. “The padding was really soft under your feet. And there were plenty of benches all around for parents, which was nice.”

For more information about the Inclusive Play Area at Canyon Country Park, contact project manager Elena Galvez at egalvez@santa-clarita.com.

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About Martha Michael

A professional writer for decades and the editor of multiple products from Valley Publications, Martha is in a constant search for new challenges. While maintaining her editing post for more than eight years, she also opened an antiques business and authored her first book, “Canyon Country,” by Arcadia Publishing. Martha manages two blogs—one for business and one that is more personal—and works to market and perfect her craft in every arena. Lack of energy is never a problem, and Martha is daily generating ideas, taking photos and talking to members of the community. She believes strongly that “everybody has a story.”

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