- Tri Angels Playground River Falls, WI
- Independence McCoy Park Playground, MO
- Kade's Playground, Herculaneum, MO
- Hannah's Playground, Breese, IL
- Discovery Playground, St. Charles, MO
- Brendan's Playground, O'Fallon, MO
- Tree Top Playground, Clayton, MO
- Zachary's Playground, Lake St.Louis, MO
Why Playgrounds Matter
Play is an important part of the social and physical development of every child. Especially for children with disabilities, play is therapy – both physical and emotional. On the physical side, children’s muscles need to be exercised just like anyone else’s. And most importantly, on the emotional side, children need to interact and socialize with their peers.
Simply put, kids need to play with other kids. Yet for so many kids with disabilities, their days are spent with parents, doctors, nurses, therapists and other adults. But on fully accessible playgrounds, children with disabilities can swing, slide and climb with their friends – as well as with their siblings and parents – which is literally something they may have never been able to do before.
Of course, the benefits of fully accessible playgrounds don’t stop with kids who have challenges. Able-bodied children learn and grow on accessible playgrounds by interacting with others who are in some ways different from them. Accessible playgrounds also allow parents and other adults with disabilities to play with their children – something that’s often not possible on at a traditional playground.
Every way you look at it, fully accessible playgrounds help break social barriers, and become an environment where everyone learns to respect and understand each other. And those are the kinds of lessons that can last a lifetime.
What Makes an Inclusive Playground Universally Accessible?
Move your computer mouse over the playground for a description of the play items and areas.