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Nation’s first outdoor sensory museum and playground opens at Puzzle Pieces in Owensboro

January 18, 2021 | 12:10 am

Updated January 17, 2021 | 8:53 pm

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The nation’s first outdoor sensory museum/playground is officially open at Puzzle Pieces, located at 2401 New Hartford Road.

The Miracle Museum is a sensory activity-rich series of independent “stations” that join together to create engaging physical, auditory, visual, tactile and calming experiences designed to meet the wide spectrum of sensory needs of a diverse population of children — especially those with intellectual disabilities.

“During COVID, with mask precautions and social distancing, it is great that our clients can get outside and enjoy this new equipment,” said Executive Director Amanda Owen. “This equipment disguises exercise as play, which improves the health of our clients. We are thankful to Owensboro Health for granting us the money to make this happen.” 

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Owen said clients love the new equipment, which gives them sensory stimulation, exercise, fresh air and safe interaction with peers.

The first phase of the project was funded by a $40,500 Owensboro Health Community Health Investment grant. Miracle Recreation Equipment, who installed the playground, is partnering with Puzzle Pieces to make the project a national model for sensory equipment.

Phase two of the playground — which will include accessible swings, shade coverage, and a ramp — will be sought after with additional grant funding in the future.

January 18, 2021 | 12:10 am

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