All children deserve a safe and fun place to play together.
The goal is to create a playground experience where children of all abilities can play together.
- A child in a wheelchair can go to the same park as his/her sibling that has no physical challenges.
- A parent or grandparent that is disabled can maneuver the park without difficulties.
- A child that is blind can play with his sister that has 20/20 vision.
- An intellectually disabled older child can play in a swing that has a 5 point harness system while his sister swings on a typical swing right next to him.
This playground will be an experience, a place you could stay at for several hours; this is why it will include a fully accessible bathroom on-site. It will also have a fenced border to help ease parent's minds.
Families in Black Hawk County and surrounding counties will benefit from a park that offers such variety and safety. There is nothing quite like this design anywhere close to this area and we feel strongly that people will travel to experience the park and enjoy what it has to offer. This park will serve adults who need help with mobility. We plan to partner with Northeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging, Iowa Wounded Warrior Project and other groups that help adults with accessibility needs.
Inclusive playgrounds are more accessible to all AND they offer a better play experience. Inclusive playgrounds are more than wheelchair accessible. Inclusive playgrounds provide open spaces that allow more imagination, invention and playing together – more free play. The alternative is what playgrounds have now which is prescribed play.
Please watch this video about the park that inspired two Cedar Valley moms to make a difference for families and people of all abilities.