This brand-new playground is breaking a way-too-old barrier.

Taking your child to the playground feels like a simple rite of passage .

But for many children, the ability to play on the monkey bars is out of reach in more routes than one.

Whether it’s a jungle gym they can’t climbing or a slide they can’t glide down, infants across the U.S. who use a wheelchair or live their lives other physical disabilities never get to experience park life the route other children do.

One father decided to change that first, in his own community.

Matt West( right) alongside Doug Seegers, director of parks and recreation and a key contributor to the entire cause. All images via Civitan Smiles Park at Kiroli, used in conjunction with permission.

Matt West is the president of the West Monroe Civitan Club, a nonprofit dedicated to serving children and adults with developmental disabilities. With the help of his fellow Civitans, local government officials, and different members of the community, he set out to make a playground available to children with developmental disabilities so they too could enjoy playground life.

But to make sure it was done right, West reached out to Shane’s Inspiration, an organization that builds all-inclusive playgrounds around the world and aims to eliminate the bias between children with and without disabilities.

Together, they laid the foundation for Smiles Park and began a years-long fundraising mission.

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