The money will be used to build an inclusive playground in Huntersville where children with and without disabilities can actively play together. American Tire Distributors also revealed its intention to partner with Boundless Playgrounds to build more inclusive playgrounds in the years to come.
We’ve been a member of the Charlotte community for nearly 75 years, and I can’t think of a better way to give back to it than with what we’re doing here today,” said William E. “Bill” Berry, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Tire Distributors Inc.
The playground will be constructed on a foundation made from recycled tires and will include a custom tire swing, which is a natural link to American Tire Distributors’ business and its support of tire recycling. The new playground is expected to open next spring at the Richard BarryMemorial Park near the intersection of Beatties Ford and Gilead roads.
“Boundless playgrounds provide safe, positive places for all children to play,” said Berry. “And at the base of each playground is the very best use of worn-out tires I can imagine. We’re thrilled to fund the first Boundless Playground in Charlotte, and hope it’s the first of many in the years to come.”
All Boundless playgrounds include universally accessible paths and surfaces allowing both children and caregivers with disabilities to navigate play areas freely. In addition, they offer wheelchair accessibility to the highest platforms, swings and bouncers with back support and elevated sand tables and activity panels to enable children with disabilities to play more freely.
“More than 7 million children nationwide have a disability that prohibits them from enjoying the full experience of a traditional community playground,” said Fred Leone, Chief Executive Officer of Boundless Playgrounds. “Our playgrounds are designed to put all children in the middle of the fun, where they can play together and learn to appreciate each others’ abilities.