Gus’ Playground by Penny Long

Gus’ Playground is located in Wilmore Park in South city. The park is located near Hampton and Gravois along River Des Peres. It is a universally accessible playground meaning there is something for people of all abilities to do, even those in wheelchairs. Our Alderman picked Gus because of his special needs and to honor the family of a police officer who gave his time to public service in the city of St. Louis.  That person is Gus’ Papa Gabel who is retired from St. Louis City Police Department.

It is Gus’ playground and he will tell you so….”my playground”.  We actually visit there a couple times a week and last night he had a blast playing will all the other kids as an equal participant.  Awesome to see this happen before my very eyes!

Spiderman and Superman were at the grand opening in August!  Gus stood with Mayor Slay during his entire speech and is attending a dinner this coming weekend at Missouri Athletic Club for a fundraiser for Unlimited Play where we have been told he will be presenting Mayor Slay with an award.

Pulling the ribbon and being the first to run on the playground was super fun and exciting.  It appears that beside the swings, Gus’ favorite thing to do is hang upside down from the low monkey bars or go in fast circles on the carousel that was sponsored by Cardinals Care.

Soon there will be a sign with Gus’ picture from the grand opening and the words “Let’s Play!”