A groundbreaking ceremony was held on World Autism Day for a new inclusive playground in Massapequa.
Officials from the Town of Oyster Bay joined civic leaders for the event on Nottinghill Drive where the playground will be located.
Built in partnership with Rocco’s Voice for Autism and the Joseph LeRoy and Ann C. Warner Fund, the playground will feature appropriate and engaging sensory equipment for special needs children.
Construction on the playground begins this summer and it’s expected to be completed this fall.
“For parents of children with autism, a trip to the playground is often yet another obstacle rather than an enjoyable family experience,” said Sonny Spagnuolo, founder of Rocco’s Voice for Autism and father of a son with autism. “Most are designed with able-bodied children in mind, thus posing physical and social barriers for those with special needs. That’s why inclusive playgrounds are so important. Inclusive playgrounds foster an environment of safe social interaction and inclusion for all, promoting friendship development and peer interactions.”