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‘Inclusive’ playground under construction at Pocono Raceway; open to public

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Artist rendering of planned inclusive playground at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. (Contributed)
Artist rendering of planned inclusive playground at the Pocono Raceway in Long Pond. (Contributed)

The Pocono Raceway in Long Pond is getting a new feature, and this one fans can enjoy at any speed.

The raceway is adding an inclusive playground to its infield that can be enjoyed by families attending the races, including those with varying disabilities.

When complete, Pocono will become the first motorsports facility in North America to house an inclusive playground in its infield. It is also expected to be among the top 100 inclusive playgrounds, based on size, in the country.

Nick Igdalsky, CEO of Pocono Raceway, said many will benefit from the nearly 5,000-square-foot playground, from racers’ and vendors’ families, families camping out for race weekend or attending car club events and even members of the general public. The playground will be accessible to the public and free to use when the raceway isn’t hosting private or ticketed events.

Igdalsky said the playground increases the value of the raceway as a family friendly entertainment destination.

“This is just phase one of our plan to give everyone of all ages something to do,” Igdalsky said. “There is a phase two, but we’re not talking about that yet.”

He said the playground is designed for kids of all ages.

“Kids can get bored. This gives them something new and different to do,” he said. “This gives mom and dad a break.”

The playground was designed and built by Park & Play Structures of Tennessee, with HNK Group of Skippack performing the site work.

The playground is expected to be up and operational by early spring, with a tentative ribbon cutting scheduled for May 2.

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