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Must Visit All-Accessible Playgrounds

No one should have to sit on the sidelines of the playground because they’re not able to maneuver the landscape or access the playground equipment. We’re not the only ones who have identified the need for all-inclusive, accessible playgrounds for kids; a majority of the reason we see these parks today is because a community member saw a need. Take a look at these five parks all across the nation that you should add to your travel list!

  1. Brooklyn’s Playground – Pocatello, Idaho: Built with the love and support of the community, Brooklyn’s Playground was created to give the gift of play to children of all abilities. Brooklyn’s Playground is a community-wide volunteer effort to build the first fully-inclusive playground. Chock-full of fun, a visit to the park is a must for anyone in the area!
  2. Hope Park – Frisco, Texas: Not only accessible for those in power chairs and wheelchairs, Hope Park was designed for children with a wide variety of special needs. There are sensory engaging elements of the park including Soundplay accessible instruments. Next time you’re in the DFW Metroplex, take a break and play at Hope Park!
  3. Tatum’s Garden – Salinas, California: After a family stopped during their road trip to play at Brooklyn’s Park in Pocatello, Idaho, they were inspired to create the same thing for their young daughter with Spina Bifida. From there, everything was set into motion for Tatum’s Garden. Next time you’re road tripping near the Salinas area, stop by to play at the county’s first fully-inclusive and accessible playground.
  4. Taylor’s Dream: A Boundless Playground – Fort Wayne, Indiana: When a girl named Taylor saw another student who wasn’t able to enjoy the playground equipment, she decided to take action. Along with her friends and the Parks & Recreation Department, they worked together to create a 42,000 square-foot playground. Designed with age-specific play pods and a splash pad which serves as a hub for all of the play pods, this playground was named as one of the top 50 playgrounds in the nation.
  5. Jake’s Place – Cherry Hill, New Jersey: Jake’s Place was created to honor Baby Jake’s memory after he left this world all too soon as a result of a rare cardiac condition. Jake’s family chose to honor him by creating a specially designed, all-inclusive playground based on their belief that EVERY child deserves a chance to play, regardless of physical limitations. With synthetic surfaces, wide ramps, sensory and implements to work on coordination, this playground has something for everyone!

We hope you feel inspired and ready to take your kids out to play! If there’s an all-inclusive park near you be sure to leave us a comment – we’d love to see it! For more information about our options to make those with limited mobility more independent, contact us today!

Accessible Playground: What it is and how to find one near you

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Not long ago, an exciting trend began popping up across the United States, accessible playgrounds. This is an exciting trend in the playground world because it is an inclusive and accessible environment. EZ-ACCESS is dedicating this blog to telling you what an accessible playground is and how you can locate an accessible playground for your child to enjoy.

What is an accessible playground?

An accessible playground is an inclusive and accessible environment for all children to play without restrictions because of a wheelchair. These types of playgrounds make it easy for children in wheelchairs to feel like they have a place to play without thinking about their wheelchair holding them back. These playgrounds have been popping up to comply with ADA guidelines and communities that want accessible playgrounds.

How do I find an accessible playground?

There are more accessible playgrounds out there than you may think. Exciting news: nearly every state in the USA has an accessible playground! There is even a directory of accessible playgrounds so you can see which cities in your state have these playgrounds for your children to enjoy.

Where are the accessible playgrounds in Washington?

Washington has quite a few accessible playgrounds to choose from, depending on where you live.

Cresent Creek Park- Gig Harbor, Washington: This Park is an all-ability with all-inclusive play equipment for children of all abilities. The park offers access for adults of limited ability as well.

Discovery Playground and Sensory Garden- Auburn, Washington: From water jets to easily accessible pathways, this is the perfect summertime fun spot for children of all abilities. Raised plant beds at the sensory garden can help wheelchair users see all that it has to offer.

Meadow Crest Park- Renton, Washington: Another accessible part in a different area of Washington state. View all the rest of the accessible parks here.

EZ-ACCESS hopes you are able to enjoy these parks for the rest of the summer into the fall season. Learn more about our accessibility ramps for your home.

Celebrate National Parks & Recreation Month with Accessible Outdoor Activities

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July is National Parks & Recreation Month and we at EZ-Access want to help you get out and enjoy your local parks, trails and summertime activities! From identifying easily accessible outdoor areas to joining a local adaptive sports team, EZ-Access is prepared to get you involved with Parks and Recreation Month.

Identifying Accessible Parks and Trails

In recent years, new guidelines have been put in place to help make parks and trails more easily accessible for those with limited mobility. Newer or recently updated parks will be your best bet when looking for a park that can support your mobility needs. These newer parks and trails should include modifications such as wider trails, smoother surfaces, a decrease in hills and major slopes, and accessible routes to campgrounds, beaches, picnic areas, etc.

Summertime Adaptive Sports

Many communities offer adaptive sports for those with disabilities. From golfing to kayaking, there are a variety of adaptive sports available in the summer months for both kids and adults. These modified sports can include adaptive equipment or rules, offer exciting exercise to get you active and can provide comradery and friendship by working with a team. Interested in trying a specific sport? Disabled Sports USA has resources for adaptive sports all across America.

Get Involved

If you are interested in getting outdoors, spending time in the park or joining an adaptive sports program, research what your community offers. There are many national organizations that help get accessible parks and recreational activities in cities across the United States. There may even be a local organization near you! Consider joining an organization that helps provide communities with accessible outdoor areas or an organization that helps develop adaptive sports programs for local communities.

EZ-Access hopes that you will join in the celebration of National Parks & Recreation Month and get involved with your community. As always, feel free to visit us or contact us today if you have any home or commercial accessibility questions!