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May 17, 2012

JT’s Grommet Island

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MEET JT’S GROMMET ISLAND BEACH PARK AND PLAYGROUND FOR EVERYBODY!

JT’s Grommet Island Beach Park and Playground For EveryBODY is the first of its kind in America. The idea was born when Josh Thompson’s family wanted to go to the beach, but he stayed behind because of the difficulty of getting his wheelchair to the beach, across the sand and down to the surf. They wondered how many more people never got to the beach for the same reason. The park idea was born. Bruce Thompson, Josh’s dad, took the idea of a 100% handicap accessible oceanfront park to the City of Virginia Beach where it was embraced with enthusiasm. Land was allocated and plans submitted to the City of Virginia Beach. The park’s grand opening took place May 22, 2010. JT Walk & Beach Party will continue its work this year with a portion of the money going toward an endowment for the park’s maintenance and improvements.

100 2nd Street

Virginia Beach, VA 23451

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