Ben’s Playce to meet needs of children with autism

  • In March 2017, the Vista community was devastated by the loss of Ben Gingrich, a charming 7-year-old who stole our hearts. On March 20, 2018, we will break ground on Ben’s Playce, a multi-sensory play space that will honor Ben’s playful spirit and meet the unique needs of children with autism.

    An interactive and multi-sensory space, Ben’s Playce will consist of spinning and swinging apparatus, a bumpy roller slide, and a rock climber to specifically address the children’s need for pressure and touch. The space also will have a merry-go-round, tire swing, and spring riders to encourage socialization. Finally, Ben’s Playce will be covered with a safe, rubberized surface to prevent children from putting wood chips in their mouths in a quest for sensory stimulation.

    With support from The Vista School PTO, The Hershey Company, Josiah W. and Bessie H. Kline Foundation, and many generous community members, The Vista School now has 75% of the funds needed to build this essential play space. We’re seeking your help to reach our $150,000 goal! Please donate and designate your support for Ben’s Playce today. Thank you!

    Play Area Schematic

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