The town is rolling out ten new inclusive playgrounds in numerous components of Calgary this 12 months.
Inclusive playgrounds present the chance for kids of all talents to play safely.
The capital tasks coordinator for metropolis parks, Joan Macdonald, says the playgrounds require additional house as a result of they seem to be a bit bigger in measurement.
Usually, she stated there’s accessible parking or transit shut by, a pathway will enable all youngsters to simply get to the play buildings and oldsters will admire that there is a washroom or a water provide shut at hand.
“Play is a component of a kid’s social and bodily and cognitive improvement and playgrounds provide that chance for play to occur. An inclusive playground presents the identical play advantages to youngsters of any capacity,” stated Macdonald.
The town is partnering with the Calgary Parks Basis on funding the ten websites. Macdonald stated they’re going to value $4.2 million.
A number of methods to be accessible
In addition to being wheelchair accessible, Macdonald stated the playgrounds are accessible in different methods.
For teenagers who’re blind or have imaginative and prescient impairment, the paths by the playgrounds is likely to be completely different colors and handrails is likely to be in another way colored than stairs. At some places, braille indicators will point out the construction’s title.
She stated there may also be cozy locations to take a seat or semi-private areas the place youngsters with sensory points can take a break from the motion.
Every of the ten new playgrounds can have distinctive options.
For instance, the playground being constructed at Edworthy Park can have options that tie into the park’s historical past.
“There’s some reference to the historical past there with the sandstone quarry and the market backyard. So we requested to have a theme that may mirror that,” stated Macdonald.
“There you will see form of a farmer theme, some climbing stones, issues like that.”
There are some inclusive playgrounds within the metropolis however the metropolis needs to broaden the checklist of locations which are welcoming to all youngsters.
Coun. Druh Farrell is happy the brand new play areas are coming.
In 2017, Farrell satisfied her council colleagues to help a movement calling for metropolis play areas to be extra inclusive.
“The town can present management by simply ensuring that each one of our playgrounds are welcoming to youngsters of all sizes and talents,” stated Farrell.
“I’ve heard too many unhappy tales of kids who’re pressured to the sidelines due to their talents, completely different talents.”
The brand new playgrounds might be positioned in locations like Edworthy Park, North Glenmore Park, Sandy Seaside, South Glenmore Park, Ramsay, Elliston Park and at Ted Harrison faculty in Taradale.
Among the websites are already underneath development and all ten playgrounds are anticipated to be open later this 12 months.