ROBINSON, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — After months of construction, smiles and laughter filled the new all inclusive playground in Robinson, Illinois at Robinson City Park.
The first child to see the new playground found it hard to hold in her excitement.
“The first set of people that showed up had a little girl and they had had told her that she needed to wait until the dedication and we oh no she can play on it,” Sarah Arnone, Robinson, Illinois Alderman said. “She got the biggest smile on her face and started laughing as she ran up the ramp. That made it all worth the effort.”
After many receiving many calls, Mike Shimer, superintendent of parks and recreation for Robinson says they knew they needed to build a park of this nature for the community.
“Everyone has the opportunity to participate together regardless of their abilities,” Shimer said. “Of those kids that are handicap that have friends that are not want them to have an experience and be able to bond with their friends and I think that’s what we were trying to develop.”
One community member says this park will hold a place in his heart after the shelter on the playground was named after his son Bobby Kintner. Kintner passed away in December due to complications with Spina Bifida.
“All he wanted was a few minutes to be normal and Mike came to us when he had this idea to build the shelter and he wanted to dedicate that to Bobby,” John Birkofer, Robinson resident. “We were excited to be part of it.”
The next piece on the horizon at Robinson Park is to construct a new bathroom that will be next to the playground. Construction is expected to begin in the next few months.