The Henderson County Schools district's Special Education Department will upgrade the district's playgrounds through a grant received a grant from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet.
Five elementary school playgrounds will be upgraded, including Bend Gate Elementary School, East Heights Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School, South Heights Elementary School, and Spottsville Elementary School.
According to Megan Mortis, the Public Information Director at HCS, recycled materials will be used to create a solid playground foundation that's easy to use with a wheelchair, cane, or walker.
"We are just really grateful to receive this grant - and what a great use of recycled tires," said Mortis. "It will change the surfaces of our playgrounds to make them more accessible for all."
The new foundation will have a three-inch base that's shock and moisture absorbent and will help in cushioning falls and removing water to prevent slips.
In addition to the creation of the new playground sections, the grant also funds the purchase of a "10-spin" at each park location, which is a 10-person merry-go-round that's fully accessible to all children.
HCS says that the grant will provide students, families, and the community with safe, clean, and accessible playgrounds, regardless of disability or impairment.