There are about 200 Boundless Playgrounds in the U.S. and Canada, with 100 more in the works. Boundless Playgrounds is a Connecticut-based organization originally inspired by a girl in a wheelchair who was unable to play with other kids on the playground in 1997. Boundless Playgrounds assist communities in developing inclusive playgrounds using level site access, supportive surfaces, and thoughtfully designed play elements. They use play structures and safety surfaces designed by Game Time. A quick perusal of their website shows 45 Boundless Playgrounds in Connecticut, 11 in Massachusetts, 3 in Rhode Island, 1 in Vermont, and none listed yet in New Hampshire or Maine. Many are on school grounds, some are located a private facilites, and others are in public parks.
|Michael and Dominick enjoy using the specialized swing, which |
provides users with additional structural support, as well as
torso harness and seat belt if needed.
No kids with obvious disabilities were present during the 30 minutes I was there, but I did notice one boy with a cast on his arm. I spoke with Jen, a mother who granted me permission to photograph her two boys playing on the swings. They live down the street, use the park regularly and have noticed kids with disabilities using the playground. Boundless Playgrounds are also designed for adults with disabilities to be able to recreate with and supervise their children.
|Jessica Martin using an accessible swing |
with highback support.
DCR's state and urban parks do have some accessible playgrounds, though they are not Boundless Playgrounds as far as I know. I hope to post a list of them at Everyone Outdoors soon.