Karnataka gets its first exclusive park for specially-abled children


An exclusive park for the specially-abled children was inaugurated at Bengaluru's Cubbon Park

Making inclusivity for the specially-abled children a reality, Karnataka got its first disabled-friendly park in Bengaluru. It is located in Cubbon Park’s Jawaharlal Bal Bhavan and has been built by Bal Bhavan Society and Mindtree for children with disabilities including those with cerebral palsy and autism.

The park was inaugurated by the State Governor Thaawarchand Gehlot.

What makes the park special is its turtle shaped design and that it houses varied zones to enable specially-abled children to participate in a wide range of mental, therapeutic, physical, and touch and feel activities. It has a specially designed sand table for children on wheelchairs and a special swing.

For those who are visually-challenged, there are tactile pathways to make it easier for them to navigate their way around the park. Further, to ensure that no harm comes to the children and mitigate injuries from falls, the playing surfaces in the park are made of a synthetic, non-toxic, and skid-proof rubber called ethylene propylene diene monomer or EPDM.

There are tunnels and seesaws for the kids. For some, they will need to be supported by their caregivers while in others it is not necessary. The greenery and shade in the park makes it a perfect spot for an outing and picnic. There is a canteen also to provide snacks for the visitors.

The park is spread over an acre of land. Further it has been audited by the children, care-givers and the Association of People with Disability to ensure maximum comfort.

The park has been built at a cost of Rs.3 crores and provides a safe, inclusive, and physiotherapeutic place where children with multiple forms of special abilities can play uninhibited by their mobility aids or the risk of accidents.