Stimulating by design: Magazine honors force behind inclusive park



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The state’s first fully handicapped-accessible playground underwent a recent makeover.

Independence Park, a Center Grove-area recreation space, added a new autism-specific sensory stimulation space. Elsewhere, warped boards and railings were replaced around the shelter house.

Edie Caito walked the park, pointing out the additions and outlining her vision for its future. Teens will get their own play area with age-appropriate equipment. They can play in the new Bluetooth-enabled pod, with working lights and speakers to play their iPods inside.

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