The first phase of the Intermountain Sensory Park, designed for children on the autism spectrum, is expected to be complete in late spring or early summer. The west-side park is being built on a vacant lot adjacent to the Integrated Care Center for Children, 401 N. Bonita Ave. The center houses a K-12 school and clinic for children with autism and provides health and therapeutic services for children with a variety of diagnoses.
The park is primarily funded by private donations and work is being completed in phases with new features added as funding becomes available. So far turf has been installed and fencing will be completed in 60-90 days, then a shade structure and playground equipment for children ages 2-5 will go in.
Future plans for the park include a play area for older children and five different themed zones — beach, music, woods, wild animals and farm.
President and CEO of Intermountain Centers Rose Lopez speaks during the groundbreaking of Intermountain Centers future Sensory Park at Intermountain Centers in Tucson, Ariz.