Governor, Morgan County leaders cut ribbon on special needs playground in Hartselle

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HARTSELLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Former Alabama head football coach Gene Stallings stood alongside Governor Robert Bentley and Morgan County leaders to cut the ribbon on the special needs accessible playground (SNAP).

"To be here with Coach Stallings, who has really done so much for families who have down syndrome children or those with disabilities, it's always an honor to be with him," said the governor.

"I think this is the finest facility of this kind anywhere in the country," said Stallings. "And it's named after my little boy John Mark."

The playground, complete with a splash pad and other comprehensive equipment, is meant to provide a more ADA-friendly alternative to traditional playgrounds.

"This is their place," said Senator Arthur Orr (R-Decatur).

The project took about 10 years, but leaders say it's worth it to see their guests play like the kids they are.

"We all have disabilities but we all have abilities and most of all we have worth," said Governor Bentley.

SNAP's motto is a true one -- 'Every child deserves a playground.'