Musical playground helps people with disabilities

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WCAV) -- A new musical playground is officially open Charlottesville, Virginia. The musical equipment includes various drums, giant xylophones and chimes.

VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle donated the equipment. The organization promotes art and creative expression, particularly for people with special needs. The cost of the playground instruments was $11,584.

Those with the organization said all playgrounds are great, but there's something particularly magical about musical playgrounds for people of all ages and abilities.

"For some people, it's an awakening," said VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle Chair Mary Miller. "The sound of the music and the fact that you can control it and make it is something very special developmentally, and so that's why we think it's pretty special, but everyone experiences that, not just people who have perhaps a disability."

The installation marks the first musical playground for the city.

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