Playground Equipment for Special Needs Students Installed in Rogers

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A new playground opened Monday in Rogers, but it’s not for your average kids.

Westside Elementary installed equipment on this new playground, uniquely designed to give special needs students more opportunities to play.

Doug Ahlum, a parent of a special needs child, said this new playground means everything to him.

Ahlum said it broke his heart when his son, who’s a double leg amputee, couldn’t play on the typical playground area because of something as small as wood chips.

“Everyday he tries to function like a normal kid, and something like this tremendously helps him, and he’s not the only one in the school who has a disability so this playground was very much needed,” Ahlum said.

Ahlum also says he hopes more schools will get on board in building playgrounds like this one. 

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