New Accessible Playground Unveiled at Kentucky School for the Blind – Kentucky Teacher

Students play at a new accessible playground at the Kentucky School for the Blind in Louisville after a ribbon cutting on November 10. Photo by Wallace Caleb Bates, Nov 10, 2022

A new accessible playground for students was unveiled at Kentucky School for the Blind (KSB) in Louisville on November 10.

The park was the brainchild of KSB 4th grader Anthony Brettnacher, who had the opportunity to work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 2018 after being diagnosed with a brain tumor. He wanted a new park at KSB so he could play with his friends.

“I’m so excited,” Anthony said ahead of the park’s grand opening.

KSB Director Peggy Sinclair-Morris thanked Brettnacher’s mother, Cierra Martin, as well as KSB Director of Operations John Morris and other KSB and Department of Education officials. Kentucky, for planning the playground and securing the funds to build it.

“We’re just happy that kids now have a place to hang out and just be kids,” Sinclair-Morris said.

Kentucky School for the Blind Playground Ribbon Cutting (2) 11.10.22

Students enjoyed the new accessible playground at Kentucky School for the Blind on November 10. Photo by Wallace Caleb Bates, Kentucky Department of Education

The playground includes several features to make it more accessible to KSB students: wheelchair ramps, chimes and a drum to provide auditory stimulation, a hanging shadow to assist students with albinism, play elements climbing frame, a slide, a group swing and a rubberized surface to cushion falls.

“We’re beyond thrilled that we got to do this for school because (Anthony) is the most social kid and he just wants to play with his friends,” Martin said. “And now he has a playground that all of his friends can play and access and we’re just thrilled.”

The COVID-19 pandemic caused construction delays and inflation caused further funding issues, but crews were finally able to break ground in August.

“I think everyone involved in the project is very relieved,” Sinclair-Morris said.

Harold B. McConnell