The Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) has awarded UPWARD their maximum grant of $250,000 to construct and equip the new playground. The biennial grants are awarded throughout the County to organizations for a wide variety of sporting and physical activity experiences. UPWARD Plays! is part of the total $5.325 million campus and program expansion project. UPWARD has plans to incorporate a shaded playground able to accommodate children with mild to severe disabilities and will include adaptive equipment and an ADA accessible surface as well as paved paths to ride traditional and adaptive bikes or enjoy in a wheelchair.
For many children with severe disabilities, like those UPWARD serves, the playground will provide their only opportunity to engage in outdoor play and one of the few opportunities they have to exercise. UPWARD's new playground will allow children of all abilities to enjoy fresh air, mobility, and interactive play.