Did you know that just because a playground meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards, doesn't mean it's accessible? For children like Karter most playgrounds don't have any ways to include him in play. Woodchips and other materials that aren't smooth prevent him from even accessing the playground, let alone attempting to engage in any type of play. It leaves kids like Karter sitting on the sidelines.
When things are designed to beyond the bare minimum, and designed with EVERYONE in mind, we ALL benefit!
This park features smooth surfaces, wheelchair accessibility throughout the entire park (including the main structure), quiet areas (for kids with sensory needs), a variety of materials (including sand area) for sensory exploration, musical instruments, adaptive zipline, a variety of swings, and obstacle course equipment aimed at ages 13 and older.
There is truly something for everyone here!
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Karter and Maddie enjoy racing on the zip line!
Do you know the difference between accessible and inclusive playgrounds? Often times these terms are confused. Play in our community is a HUGE part of our family, but sadly, there are no playgrounds Karter can access, let alone play. Until now. Inclusivity is more than just adding ramps and rubber surface. It's about having a space that regardless of differing abilities, EVERYONE can meaningfully participate. It means people of all ages and physical capabilities can interact and PLAY together.
We are thrilled to share I served on the design committee for the Lions Park Project in Hugo, MN. We are stakeholders representing our foundation, giving a voice to kids like Karter. Our hope is that we provide input make this a truly inclusive experience for ALL!
It is completed!
If you want more information about the Lions Park project, check out this link here!