Whitesburg opens sensory park for children with autism

Published: Jun. 12, 2019 at 6:46 PM EDT
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With the help of its city council and local donors, Whitesburg opened one of the only sensory parks east of Somerset. A sensory park provides a safe playground for kids with sensory disorders such as autism.

"Our kids don't do their normal park. Even down to like the metal slides and things, they don't handle it well," said Brandi Amburgey, the parent of three autistic children.

When the idea was brought up to Whitesburg's city council, Mayor James Craft was excited to get the project started.

"The city council and myself decided that was a wonderful idea and so we all set about getting it done," said Mayor Craft.

After about two and a half years of work, the ribbon cutting ceremony happened Wednesday morning. City officials, along with children ready to play in the park, attended.

"When your community feels that this is going to be that important, that they want to do something for them, it's amazing," said Amburgey.

Even though the park was designed for children with sensory disorders, others are welcome to enjoy the new playground as well.

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