New ADA approved playground coming to Myrtle Beach

A preliminary design showing the location and a general layout for Savannah's Playground

A new playground is coming to Myrtle Beach that will allow all children to play without any worry.

Known as Savannah's Playground for the inspirational girl it is named after, the $1 million playground will provide the safe haven that children with physical and mental disabilities need, according to Mark Kruea, spokesperson for Myrtle Beach.

"It will be a unique four-acre enabling playground featuring ADA approved playground equipment and structures designed to provide children of all abilities the opportunity for social interaction," he said.

The playground will be located at The Market Common behind the Crabtree Gymnasium.

The playground is named after, and dedicated to, Savannah Thompson, a young lady with disabilities who inspired many.

Thompson, a Socastee High School student, was born with Williams Syndrome, a condition that presents a number of challenges and developmental delays.

All Williams children have a heart defect and Savannah's condition is called Supravalvular Aortic Stenosis, which is a narrowing of her aortic artery.

During a surgery when she was only 4 years old, there were complications with the anesthesia which caused her to go into cardiac arrest.

"Savannah was oxygen deprived for 20 minutes. This caused significant brain trauma," according to the Savannah's Playground website. "Following surgery, Savannah was in a coma for almost a month, she was kept alive with feeding tubes and a respirator. The very day that doctors gave Lance and Marjorie no hope of Savannah recognizing them or her surroundings she defied the odds and fought her way back."

The land for the playground has been donated by the City of Myrtle Beach, but they are taking donations to build the playground.

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