A local playground is unleashing a child’s imagination through play

Kasyn Sturgeon is your typical 5-year-old child. He’s always on the go.

However, if there’s too much excitement, Kasyn can get overwhelmed because of his autism.

His mom, Jennifer Cagle, says it’s playgrounds like the one at the Discovery Park of American that can help kids like Kasyn learn and develop.

"It’s amazing to get to watch him just run and explore and just see his mind and his wheels turning," says Cagle.

It’s a different kind of playground, where kids use foam blocks to create and play.

It’s all thanks to Chris Gunlefinger. In November, he applied for a grant to get the Imagination Playground equipment.

On Thursday, kids got to try it out for the first time.

"Free and imaginative play is just so vital for the development of children, their cognitive skills, their social skills," says Gunlefinger.

Especially for a kid like Kasyn.

"I think this is a great place for him to go and do things, and build things, and learn his own way," says Cagle.

It’s a place where his imagination can run free.

The Imagination Playground is currently inside the Discovery Park of America, but once the weather warms up, it’ll be moving outside to the Children’s Garden.

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