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City dives in with pool party for special needs

Published 11:16am Saturday, June 8, 2013

Alexander City Parks and Recreation is planning a pool party and cookout Friday, June 14, for children and adults with special needs.

Jennifer Baker, program supervisor for Alexander City Parks and Recreation, said that the program will offer fun and games but will also be used to help plan future events.

“We have always felt like there is a big need for a program of this type in or community,” Baker said. “We have done some of these before, but we just wanted to try to see if we can get something started.”

The program will be held at the city pool from 6-8 p.m.

Baker said that they want to try to build toward hosting regular events for children and adults with special needs.

“It might be once a month or, depending on the response, we might do more than that,” Baker said. “Friday will be an opportunity to network with parents and hear what they have to say and what their needs are.”

Baker said they reached out to local teachers who specialize in special needs for guidance.

Kristi Jordan, who works with special needs children at Jim Pearson Elementary, said they want to reach out to parents in Tallapoosa, Coosa, Elmore and Talladega counties.

“This is a chance to get to see what the needs are and get an idea of the number of individuals that might be interested,” Jordan said. “We just want to get something together so special needs children can do all the things that other children get to do.”

Jordan said one long-term goal might involve a miracle field, which is a specialized baseball park that is wheelchair accessible. The plan now is to start small and grow toward a larger program.

Baker said the event will be free and there will be hot dogs and drinks.

“We thought a pool party would be a good place to start,” Baker said. “We have a wheelchair lift and stairs into the pool – our pool is very accessible for those with special needs.”

There will be other games and a sprinkler set up as well for those individuals who don’t want to swim, Baker said.

For more information, contact Alexander City Parks and Recreation at 256-329-6736.