Therapeutic & Exploratory Playground
The creation of this special area is an incredible example of a small band of people, supporting a dream, who worked tirelessly so that students with special needs would have a place to play.
From a labor of love came the development of a therapeutic and exploratory area for special-needs students at Coyote Trail Elementary. Unveiled in September 2016, students who were not able to participate in outdoor activities with their classmates now enjoy and play safely in a nurturing environment.
This specialized therapeutic and exploratory area provides a wheelchair swing for students confined to a chair, as well as a bench swing with a specialized supportive back. There is an area where students can relax quietly under the beauty of a tree or enjoy the interactive tortoise habitat. A fun and engaging path allows students to ride scooters, tricycles, and bikes. There is a sensory pole where students can bang and make noise, or stand in the rainbow colored streamers. Students also enjoy sensory tables and a sensory mural they created.
This $20,000 project was made possible through a variety of partnerships including the school’s Parent Teacher Friend Association working closely with the school’s devoted special education staff. A partnership with the Rotary Club of Marana, who contributed $12,000, allowed the project to grow to the reality it is today. Additional support included financial from Dove Mountain Rotary Club, and Chasse Building Team and Sun Valley Masonry which donated skills, time and supplies.