VIRGINIA BEACH --The country's first handicap-accessible beach park opens this weekend at the Va. Beach Oceanfront.
Grommett Island Park near Rudee Inlet is impressive. There are sandcastle building stations, where kids in wheelchairs can pull right up and start building. There are swings and telescopes and sound-makers that are easily accessible to differently-abled kids and adults.
The work has been a labor of love in honor of Josh Thompson, who is battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). He'll be among the many who can now enjoy a day at the park with the entire family.
'Really it's more the looks on the faces -- when you see somebody here and they go wow and you see their eyes wide open and you see kids can't wait to get out here and play. You see disabled people in wheelchairs; elderly people who get to come play with their grandchildren,' said project manager John Baab of Ocean Consulting.
Gov. Bob McDonnell will officially open the park at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.