Outside time along with playtime, is an essential component in the lives of children. Play directly affects our physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. Through play, we can define who we are and who we want to be. We can improve our physical fitness, build skills, work on problem-solving, practice communication, set goals, share expectations, understand roles, and develop friendships.
We can develop a greater understanding of one another through inclusion, our similarities, differences, likes, and dislikes. We can develop a sense of value for each individual as we grow the skills and attitudes needed to live in a culturally diverse, enriched community. Park facilitates a non-threatening environment that enables us to develop, grow and learn from one another at various paces. While one child may not climb or swing as high as another, an inclusive, accessible play area will still enable both children to communicate and learn about one another and from one another. The play area stops being accessible, and where their ability to continue learning from one another stops. This also becomes the point where misperceptions have a greater ability to grow.
Our goal is to design and create an inclusive playground for everyone to enjoy, one that addresses the needs of typically developing children and children with neurological, intellectual, and physical disabilities. The playground will encourage children and challenge them at their own developmental levels.