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Adam's Project officially open for play in Ridgeland

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RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

A new playground at Freedom Ridge Park will open a whole new world for a special group of children in Ridgeland.

Adam's Project is designed for children age 5 to 12.

It was designed for the physically challenged but is not only for those with special needs.

Wednesday's ribbon cutting officially began play on the universal design playground for children with mobility challenges.

There are the traditional slides and swings, but it also has interactive areas and tunnels with soft landing surfaces of heat resistant rubber turf.

It's all the brainchild of Angela and Drew Malone whose son Adam has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

"I think this park is really awesome. I can't wait to play on it," said Adam Malone, moments before heading to the bars for a climb.

"What we see before us is children playing of all kinds of mobilities and children playing together. That's what our dream was that no one would ever feel left out," said Adam's father Drew Malone.

Sherry Milner brought her 11-year-old son Will to the official opening.

Will has a rare genetic chromosomal disorder.

"For us it means a place for Will to go and play just like anybody else. He's not limited to just the swings or just a particular part of the playground because the turf allows his wheelchair to access the full playground," Milner said.

Ridgeland Parks and Recreation officials said $30,000 in donations from the community and a matching grant made it all possible.

The three-year vision was constructed in just one month.

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