Peery Foundation Awards $1 Million for Playground for People With Disabilities

The in Palo Alto has awarded a $1 million matching grant in support of the , a playground for disabled children and adults, reports.

To be constructed in Mitchell Park, the playground is expected to be the first in the country with special equipment for children and adults with physical and cognitive disabilities, autism, sensory challenges, and visual limitations. Administered by the , the project has received $1.1 million toward its $3.1 million goal, and the Peery Foundation will match up to $1 million in donations received on or after April 19.

Project leaders told Palo Alto Online that they believe all funding will be secured by June 15 and that they will be able to break ground by the fall.

"We are inspired by the vision for this park," the foundation said in a statement released to the media. "Palo Alto is full of wonderful parks, but this will be the first that allows all children, many who have had to watch from the sidelines, to fully participate in play with friends and families."

"." Palo Alto Online 04/17/2013.