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Miss Wheelchair USA to kick off Federal Way park re-opening with wheelchair merry-go-round

Miss Wheelchair USA Jennifer Adams will be a guest speaker as the city re-opens the Family Funland playground for kids of all abilities at Steel Lake Park on Wednesday.  - Courtesy of Miss Wheelchair USA Facebook
Miss Wheelchair USA Jennifer Adams will be a guest speaker as the city re-opens the Family Funland playground for kids of all abilities at Steel Lake Park on Wednesday.
— image credit: Courtesy of Miss Wheelchair USA Facebook

Federal Way’s beloved Family Funland playground is being reborn this week as an inclusive playground with features for kids of all abilities.

The ribbon cutting will commemorate the rebuilt playground and the nation’s first AbilityWhirl wheelchair roundabout.

The event will take place at noon on Wednesday, July 16 at Steel Lake Park, 2410 S. 312th St., Federal Way.

Speakers will include Mayor Jim Ferrell and Miss Wheelchair USA Jennifer Adams.

Family Funland is a popular play structure built by the city and volunteers in the early 1990s and was recently rebuilt. With strong support from the city’s volunteer Parks Commission and inclusive program volunteers, the city decided to incorporate structures that enable kids with physical disabilities to play at the site.

The Federal Way Rotary raised $54,700 for the project, enabling the city to install the AbilityWhirl, an innovative wheelchair roundabout that allows two kids in wheelchairs and their attendants to ride. The park features numerous ability-friendly play items, including braille play panels, an omnispin whirl and many other items for mobility-impaired kids.

The rebuilt and expanded Family Funland illustrates Federal Way’s strong commitment to ensure that recreational facilities are available to people of all abilities.

 

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