The first inclusive park in Ukraine with tailored to children with special needs was opened in Dnipro on June 27.
“It is a holiday in Dnipro – the first inclusive park is opened in Ukraine. Both children and parents were waiting for this. The idea of creating such park emerged in December of 2017. Then we decided to create an interesting, modern, accessible interactive park of equal opportunities for all the kids. I am grateful to the regional authorities for the initiative and creativity. This park will be a favorite place for children to have a rest,” Maryna Poroshenko, Ukrainian President’s wife, stated.
According to the First Lady, such parks will be opened throughout entire Ukraine.
“The President Petro Poroshenko focuses on the creation of equal conditions for all children. It means, that boys and girls with special needs can be freely brought up with along with their counterparts,” Valentyn Reznichenko, the Chairman of Dnipro Region State Administration, said.
He added that they are reconstructing schools with such aim.
“There are 150 schools where children with disabilities are studying with their counterparts,” the Chairman noted.
According to Yuriy Golyk, the Governor’s Advisor, “the state has never paid so much attention to the inclusion., earlier it ended on ramps”.
“There is no other inclusive park for kids in the state. That is why it was born in Dnipro. Our goal is simple – every resting place has to be accessible for all the kids without exceptions,” Golyk said.
“The ecologically pure surface of the park is not slippery, it is elastic and soft so that children do not get hurt. The touch surface helps those with weak sight to orientate independently,” Serhiy Debrin, the architect who designed the park, said.
There are three entrances to the park, each has a map which tells about the locations. Besides, there are information tablets near every playground. Thanks to Braille type, visually challenged children can read it.
There is a “Rancho” place in the park, which has sensor panels. Clicking on it, a child gets a task in English. Such interactive toys improve child’s thinking, attention, and logic.
25-meters “Orange tunnel” comprises toys set on a comfortable height. They react to the touch and respond in the Ukrainian language.
There are carousels, tables with benches for the family rest. Besides, some swings are fitted out for a stroller. Children can run over and roll on the grass cover in the park.
“The park is constructed in such a way that everywhere one can fit in with a stroller,” Golyk added.
The project cost is $807,6 thousand, it was funded from the regional budget. The inclusive park is a co-project of Dnipro Region State Administration and Poroshenko Charity Fund within the social program of Maryna Poroshenko, Ukraine’s First Lady.