New Playground for Kids of All Abilities Opens This Month

ANKENY, Iowa -- Kids are getting excited for a new playground to open in Ankeny, but this isn't your ordinary place to play.

Zach Plueger, 5, is especially excited because the new playground located next to the Kiwanis Ankeny Miracle League ball field will be all-inclusive. Zach was born with spina bifida.

Mom DeeAnn Plueger said, "He's paralyzed waist down, or hips down, and he is limited with his mobility for sure. But, he keeps going, and has lots of fun, and we just want to make sure he has access to as much as possible in his life."

Ramps will allow kids in wheelchairs to go all the way to the top. Quinton Munson, 10, said, "I can be on it, and everyone else can too."

The playground for kids five to twelve should be ready by mid-July. Plans also include a sensory wall for kids visually impaired and swings for kids in wheelchairs. Next, crews will work on an all-inclusive playground for children two to five.

The Steering Committee met the original fundraising goal, but there is still more work to do. Member Randy Munson said, "We're still in fundraising mode to add more amenities and complete playground. The project originally started out at $1.2 million."

For more information or to donate, visit You can also “like” the Ankeny Miracle Park page on Facebook or contact Ankeny Parks and Recreation.

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  • Ishmale Whale

    I don’t know. Special needs people are fragile as is, and some families are very quick to sue for mistreatment, it being true or perceived. It will be interesting to see how long this playground can continue before being sued into closing.

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