Children’s Mercy Hospital, located in Hospital Hill Park, for many years has featured a playground in front of the hospital that is used by therapists treating patients for social and physical exercise opportunities. Variety KC, a leader in inclusive efforts throughout the region, and KC Parks joined forces last year to raise funds and update the playground in an effort to make it an inclusive park for all kids – especially those with special needs. On October 18, that dream was realized with the officially re-opening of the renovated Sybil Silkwood Nutter Playground.
Thousands of families come to Children’s Mercy for extended testing/treatment stays. Frequently the siblings and parents stay near the hospital while the patient is admitted for routine tests and treatments. The new inclusive park provides a chance for patients and siblings to have some “normalcy” and playtime together.
Social Inclusion is a determinant of mental health and well-being. This park is important for the neighborhood kids and families and especially important for improving the health and attitudes of patients at Children’s Mercy. Thank you to all the sponsors that made this update possible.
Watch a video from the opening>>