New playground opens at Special Strides

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MONROE – Special Strides has officially opened its new therapy playground.

The organization has spent 19 years devoted to improving the lives of individuals with special needs using a combination of horses, therapy and a natural setting on Congress Hill Farm in Monroe.

The playground was made possible through the Dunkin’ Donuts’ charitable foundation, Joy in Childhood Foundation, which awarded a $7,500 grant, according to a statement prepared by Special Strides.

The vinyl playground includes ramps, ladders, swings, slides and rock walls.

Special Strides will use the outdoor play area as part of its physical and occupational therapy services to improve functional skills, motor skills, balance, communication,and confidence, according to the statement.

Monroe and Spotswood Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owners Carol and Kevin Decker; Russ Romeo, senior director of Field Marketing for Dunkin’ Brands; Jeremy Landy’s movie launch of ​Lemi’s Appalachian Adventure​ through GoFundMe; Steve’s Trees; and an anonymous donor made the playground possible, according to the statement.

For more information, visit ​www.specialstrides.com​ or email information@specialstrides.com.