Possibilities Current playground plan | Natasha Lovato

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(Castle Rock, Colo.) Douglas County residents sounded out the need for more inclusive parks and recreation, and not just for the able-bodied.

Thus, the Possibilities Playground plan at Butterfield Crossing Park is underway. The Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation is partnering with the Department of Parks and Recreation to begin construction by September 1 and plans to complete renovations before the end of 2022.

Marne Hansen, Executive Director of the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation, explained that the survey results from the planning phase of the project demonstrated a strong collective desire to create a play area and shared community space to serve the users of all levels.

“There are a lot of needs and we wanted to be inclusive for everyone, not just able-bodied people,” Hansen said.

According to data collected by the Parks and Trails Foundation, one in five people in the United States has a disability and 7.3 million students between the ages of 3 and 21 received special education services during the year. school year 2019-2020.

Possibility of play activities

The organizations involved have provided inclusive elements at different levels for people with cognitive impairment, mobility impairment or sensory impairment.

“We’ll have a lot built in like a slide that’s safe for those with cochlear implants because static can destroy their implants.” said Hansen.

She added that there will also be additions like Braille, wheelchair accessibility, sensory structures, etc.

“We will have braille on signage and weightlessness to help people in wheelchairs access mini zip lines for example; so we will have a number of play structures and signage for people with different abilities as well as a play structure for people without disabilities,” Hansen said. “We want this to be inclusive for all families.”

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Fund raising

Financially, the goal is to raise $1.3 million for the park and Hansen is confident they will succeed.

“We’re very excited to bring this to Castle Rock, so anyone who wants to get involved, we’d love to help out,” she said.

For up-to-date information on the Possibilities Playground, Click here.

Harold B. McConnell