Washington County Community Partnership Working together for a better tomorrow. . .
WCCP was established in 1997. A group of social service and hospital workers began a monthly lunch meeting to identify gaps in social services. They built a partnership to streamline services and avoid duplication. In 1999, the Partnership was incorporated and has been a 501(c)3 and designated as a Caring Community site since then. Of the 20 Community Partnerships that currently exist in the state of Missouri, WCCP was one of the last three to be funded to provide assessments, local capacity development and leverage resources. WCCP continues to better the quality of life for local children and their families by providing needed services, promoting awareness of community strengths and needs and collaborating with local organizations to make a positive difference.
The WashingtonCounty CommunityPartnership is partnering with the City of Potosi to secure funding for an Inclusive Playground at the City Park.
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 matterthe 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.
Inclusive Playground Information
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Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday: 8am - 5pm 573.438.8555
Located at 212 E. Jefferson Street, Potosi, MO 63664
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