Extended Family Playground

Knoxville needs an intergenerational playground, where parents and grands could play and visit after a stop to the library. Hey, the pets have a place. Parents and kids need to connect and exercise, too! It could include a chess/checker table, covered picnic table, and three-sided adult exercise stations to beckon to people of all ages—exercising increases mobility and improves balance and quality of life for the elderly. I envision a trail that features rubber tiles for easy access by people with wheelchairs, walkers, and canes, and a stroller labyrinth. The spot could also have a playground center with a climbing, sliding and scaling area for children; a mural to stimulate Alzheimer’s citizens; and Whisper Glide swings that are wheelchair accessible.

—Ken Palmer, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church member

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