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LIC School Unveils Playground for Kids with Autism

Sensory Playground at P4QSkillman, located at 24-30 Skillman Ave. (Photo: Jimmy Van Bramer)

April 11, 2019 By Alexa Beyer

Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer unveiled a new playground designed for children on the autism spectrum disorder yesterday at a Long Island City school.

[email protected], a public K-8 school for children on the autism spectrum and with special needs, had no playground prior to the renovation—just an empty yard.

Several teachers brought the idea of an autism-centric playground to the councilmember at one of his 2015 neighborhood assemblies about participatory budgeting, which allows residents to decide how to spend capital funds.

From there, the teachers turned the idea into a winning proposal. The project won the most votes in Van Bramer’s 2015-2016 participatory budget, racking up over 1,400 votes.

“I do a lot of ribbon cuttings,” Van Bramer said at yesterday’s ceremony, “but there are very few that are as meaningful as this one.”

The $250,000 playground is designed for children with motor skill and sensory issues, which are common for individuals with autism. It features “touch and feel areas”, rock climbing, and a slide.

PQ4’s Acting Interim Principal Alison Quinlain said that the playground would not only enhance students’ quality of life but their education.

“As Mr. Rogers said, ‘Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood,” she said.

“Now, we are able to not only address educational and social skills but now play. This is a wonderful experience for our students.”

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5 Comments

Chas

At least it has been built quicker and cheaper than the library.
When is that finished ???? Never. 50 Mill. ??
But of course he needs to take credit for this . I’m sure parents had to beg for money for this for years.

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Chas

Just speaking the truth. It’s Spring in LIC and it still isn’t open. I wonder how much money was given to James to hire these contractors’
2019 will become 2020.

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LIC Direct

There he is again Jimmy “Photo-op” Van Bramer, the “Chulo” of Sunnyside.

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