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There is an amazing park in Richmond called Soar 365, formerly Greater Richmond ARC, and it opened in 2015.  It is one of my family’s top 3 places to go and not because it has these awesome play structures to exhaust my wild little boys. Soar 365 provides another opportunity for my children to be around adults and children who may have different skills than they do.  As a mother, I want my children to be accepting, open, and empathetic when they meet or play with someone who may walk a little slower, ride in a wheelchair, or communicate.

Why does this matter?

Take a sip of your coffee and stay with me, because it matters. It matters because we are all different. We all come to work, school, church, and our communities with various skills.  The way our children view others with disabilities is directly related to the way that we view others with disabilities. They are watching parents – the way we look at others, interact, or talk afterwards.

It matters because we come into contact with someone who identifies as having a disability in all aspects of life every single day; at the grocery store, at school, in your neighborhood, in your family.  OR – maybe you or your child identify with a disability.  Do you feel that you are treated fairly and similarly to those without?  Do parents or other children interact or communicate differently?

What makes Soar 365 park so awesome?

The play equipment is top notch and holds many children and adults at once without being crowded.  Pack a lunch and sit in the grassy section by the swing set or at the covered picnic tables and make new friends!

There is a sensory wall with music, musical instruments, an abundance of swings, slides galore, and has a smaller play area for younger children.

The park is free and located at 3600 Saunders Avenue, Richmond, VA 23227, easily accessible from all of Metro Richmond. Soar365 is also a organization that provides developmental and employment support.  Drop a donation in the box so that Soar365 continue its amazing work for our community.

Happy playing,

Erin

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