Students reveal design for Bennett's Village

ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Middle school students at Mountaintop Montessori School revealed their designs for the Bennett's Village all-abilities park to other students, parents and Brian Gibney, Bennett McClurkin-Gibney's father.

Some of the areas included in the park were a sensory zone, adventure zone, sports zone, and garden zone.

Gibney said he wants the park to be inclusive for all children whether or not they have a disability.

"I really want people to see the potential here," said Gibney. "We can make a really fun park that is inclusive for everybody, incredibly creative and promotes play for people of all different abilities."

The students said they enjoyed getting the opportunity to work on the park design, giving them a fresh perspective as to how difficult it can be for children with disabilities to try and play at a normal playground.

Grey Gresser-Oldham said it was an eye-opening experience learning about the things children with disabilities go through at that a normal playground.

"My eyes have really been opened to the issues of the community, how we can help, and how a middle school class can really make a difference," Gresser-Oldham said.

The students are now looking forward to making the new playground a reality in Charlottesville.

"I think that we just need to make a park that is comfortable because when we're going to a park, we're not looking for a hectic, over-stimulating day," Gresser-Oldham said. "We're looking for a day to relax and have fun and maybe hang out with some friends but we need to make a park that is comfortable. This needs to happen and I'm really glad it is."

The school will be holding a play next month and all of the proceeds will go toward Bennett's Village.




 
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