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Q&A: Making Playgrounds Fully Accessible For All Kids

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“Look around at recess: Who is being left out?”

Olenka Villarreal is changing the way people think about playgrounds, an effort that began with a simple question: Shouldn’t her daughter Ava, who has developmental disabilities, be able to use swings at the park just like anyone else?

At that time, the answer was that she couldn’t. There were no swings at schools or parks in her community that could support Ava safely since she needed a swing with a harness — and swinging was one of the therapeutic treatments specialists had suggested.

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Why Cities Need Accessible Playgrounds

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Nearly one in five people have a disability in the U.S., yet most playgrounds aren’t built to accommodate them.

Typical playgrounds from the 1980s and 1990s used a prefab system of multilevel platforms, often with slides, jungle gyms, or monkey bars veering off into different directions. Bucket swings allowed babies to swing—often next to their older siblings in other standard swings—but this cookie-cutter approach to playground design limited both who could enjoy the space and how kids experienced it.

Recently, cities have shifted away from the standard playgrounds of the past in favor of more natural, adventurous, and engaging designs. Climbing walls, splash parks, sculptural play pieces, and playgrounds where kids can change and mold their environment—like Berkeley’s California Adventure Playground—all inspire kids to play in new ways. Even innovative designs, however, aren’t always inclusive.

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Renovations Making Way for Dream Park

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Dream Park is a universally-inclusive playground; custom designed for children of all abilities, that goes above and beyond Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Exciting improvements are coming to Trinity Park. To make room for a new playground that will welcome users of all abilities, the existing equipment is being removed.

 

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Honda of Fort Worth donates $100,000

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What an amazing day! Today we were presented with a donation from Honda of Fort Worth for $100,000. We were literally speechless at their overwhelming support of Dream Park! Thank you so much to Greg Besson and the team at Honda of Fort Worth for helping to make inclusive play a reality for children and families in Fort Worth!

Thank you so much to The Capital Grille for electing to partner with Dream Park on your Locker Member event tonight. We were so humbled to have been asked to be a part of such a gorgeous evening!

October 12, 2016 Kendra Scott Fort Worth

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We are looking forward to seeing everyone tonight from 5-8 pm at the Kendra Scott at University Park for the launch of their Winter Collection. They are donating 20% of the sales during that time to Dream Park. We will have some delicious snacks, plus Kent & Co Wines will be supplying us with some fabulous bubbles and wine. See you tonight!kendra-scott-pic-3

 

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Rhett’s Roadies

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We are so excited that it is Sunday because that means it is time for Rhett’s Roadies! Join us today at Billy Bob’s for this fun event that helps so many kids at Kinder Frogs, Down Syndrome Partnership of North Texas & Dream Park. This is a great event for the whole family! There will be a live & silent auction, plus live music. Fun starts at 1:00. We hope to see you there!

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The Joe & Jessie Crump Memorial Fund