Hyde County inclusive playground under construction

HYDE COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – One eastern county is hoping to bring inclusivity to kids by building a playground.

Equipment has now arrived in Hyde County to build a dream playground. Trillium Health Resources provided over $300,000 to go toward the project.

“I got contacted by the director of Trillium about putting this in place and finding a location for this,” Hyde County Cooperative Extension Director Natalie Wayne said.

With features like a rubber surface for smooth movement for wheelchair users, double-wide ramps to access slides, and equipment for children with sensory issues, the playground gives an opportunity for kids of all abilities to play together.

”Kids in wheelchairs are able to come so they can play on the playground,” Young Miss Hyde County Amanda Cutrell said.

The playground will be located beside the Davis Youth Recreation and Community Center.

Founder Michael Adams said there used to be a playground but it was taken down.

Now, Hyde County children are eagerly awaiting a new place to play.

“Kids see me out here and they want to know when is the playground gonna be ready, and you tell them to be patient it’s coming,” Adams said.

While children may be excited, Adams said this playground will have a big impact on people of all ages.

“It’s going to be a great opportunity,” Adams said. “Not just for the kids but for the community because we really need some recreation here in Hyde County.”

Wayne said she hopes construction will begin soon so the playground can be open in the summer.