Special Needs Playground at Westgate School

Special Needs Playground at Westgate School

Grant Year: 2011 | Focus Area: Education | Grant Amount: $107,500 | Grant Status: Completed

Special Needs Playground at Westgate School

Snoezelen/Westgate Foundation

Escambia Westgate dates back to 1946 when this school opened for children who had intellectual and physical disabilities. Funds were appropriated, in 1977, to build a new special education center. That center became Escambia Westgate School. Escambia Westgate School serves the needs of Pre-k, Elementary, Middle, and High school students with varying exceptionalities. In 2005 the Lacey A Collier Sensory Complex was opened. Escambia Westgate School provides individualized programs of educational excellence in a safe learning environment, while exposing students to various modern technologies and effective instructional techniques.


Project Description

Funded a complete outdoor playground designed to provide an accommodating, safe environment for children with developmental disabilities. It is equipped with an artificial surface accessible to non-ambulatory students, as well as swings, slides, special seats and a water play area for year-round use.

Community Impact

Provide developmentally appropriate activities for children that could not otherwise have access to this type of environment.