Playgrounds have come a long way over the years- check out these accessible playgrounds
It’s not enough anymore to make sure that basic ramps are in place or that standard safety measures are applied. These days, accessible playgrounds are meant for everyone—young and old—to have fun, interact and experience the freedom of learning and play. These places cater to people of all ages with sensory, physical or psychological needs, as well as the needs of their friends, parents and caregivers.
Here are a handful of our favorites:
Clemyjontri Park, Fairfax County, Virginia
Managed by the County of Fairfax, Clemyjontri is two acres of color and imagination, with everything from a wheelchair drag strip to a wheelchair accessible carousel. A little something for everyone, whether you want to climb and run, or just touch and interact.
6317 Georgetown Pike McLean, Virginia 22101
Jake’s Place, Cherry Hill, New Jersey
Located in Challenge Grove Park, creators refer to Jake’s Place as a “boundless” playground that offers children and adults with special needs with action, lifts slides and sensory activities. There are even special areas where autistic kids can take off by themselves.
132 Bortons Mill Rd Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Can-Do Playground, Wilmington, Delaware
Located inside the Alapocas Run State Park, this park is nestled in and around gardens and trees, creating an oasis of play for everyone. Adapted swings, raised sandboxes and mazes give children with almost any level of ability something to do.
4361 Weldin Road Wilmington, DE 19803
Reese’s Retreat, Pasadena, California
What’s better than pirates and a ship to go with them? Reese’s Retreat is almost a half-acre of accessible fun, with wheel-chair friendly flooring, along with the water and sand play any pirate might expect.
360 N. Arroyo Blvd Pasadena, CA 91103
The largest fully accessible playground in northeast Ohio. Preston’s has everything from kid’s sized houses and stores to sand area and theater.
26001 South Woodland Rd. Beachwood, Ohio 44122