Sensory Park for differently-abled persons inaugurated in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: A sensory Park for differently-abled persons of all age groups has been inaugurated at Sahidnagar (Ward No-30) area in Bhubaneswar.

Reportedly, this park is said to be the first of its kind in the country, It has been developed over 1368 Sqm. area under the Smart City Project by the Bhubaneswar Urban Knowledge Centre, an arm of Bhubaneswar Smart City Limited (BSCL) in 2017.

The park has been inaugurated by the minister for social security and empowerment of persons with disabilities, Ashok Panda. Bhubaneswar (Central) MLA Ananta Narayan Jena, Bhubaneswar Mayor Sulochana Das, and Deputy Mayor Manjulata Kanhar, among others, also attended the programme.

The newly inaugurated park will benefit physically challenged children especially those with hearing and vision impairment. It was planned to be ready two years ago but due to the pandemic,  the inauguration was delayed.

The park has insulated pathways with ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) floor, playing equipment for children-friendly facilities that comply with the universal accessibility guidelines.

The children’s rides inside the park include facilities such as wheel-chair swing, two-seater swing, bucket swing, multiline swing, single-seater spring rider, musical poles, sound play, drum track, musical panel, sound play table, shoulder builder, three-seater ground-level merry-go-round (MGR), multi-seater MGR, wheelchair MGR, slides and two-seater spring see-saw among other things.

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