The WashingtonCounty CommunityPartnership is partnering with the City of Potosi to secure funding for an Inclusive Playground at the City Park. Help us out by taking the survey at the end of the definition. Thanks for your participation!
What is an Inclusive Playground? The simple definition of inclusive, according to Merriam-Webster: covering or including everything, open to everyone, not limited to certain people.
With inclusive playgrounds, the objective is to include everyone.
They are thoughtfully designed to provide a safe place where children of all abilities and ages can play together and are developmentally appropriate for children with and without disabilities. An inclusive playground takes away the barriers to exclusion, both physical and social, providing a “sensory rich” experience for all.
An inclusive playground focuses on the following components to ensure a positive, engaging experience for all children:
Physical Accommodations - Accommodating physical disabilities is one component of an inclusive playground. This includes meeting ADA requirements by providing a wheelchair accessible route and ramps/transfer points. Customized equipment such as special swings allow all kids to enjoy the playground as it is meant to be enjoyed.
Engaging – Inclusive playgrounds provide a number of different opportunities for children to explore. They integrate all the senses and encourages social play. There is a little something for everyone including those that like to climb, run, spin, slide, swing and more.
Integrated – A true inclusive playground doesn’t mean that there is special equipment in a separate area off to the side, but rather a space designed as a cohesive community where play opportunities are integrated throughout. This is important for social development.
Promote Inclusion – Just as the name suggests, inclusive playgrounds have another mission that goes beyond the physical accommodations and specialized equipment. These playgrounds do so much for the community. They educate and bring families and people together. They stress the importance of inclusion in everyday activities, no matter the ability levels. They prove that kids of all abilities enjoy exploring, learning, interacting and having fun together. They stress compassion and, well, inclusion of those that are different from you. That's a lesson that benefits us all.
We are hoping to build a new playground at the Potosi City Park. We’d like to know what you think about that. If you have a few minutes, please click on the link below to take a quick survey. Thank you for your participation!