60 Sconticut Neck Rd. Fairhaven, MA 02719
Ages: All Ages, all physical abilities, too!
Type of Turf: Squishy Rubber
Fun Factor: ★★★★★
Interesting Equipment: ★★★★★
Swing Variety: ★★★★★
Relaxation Potential: ★★★★
Friendliness of People: ★★★★
We made a trip down to the New Bedford area to check out an "adaptive," or an "inclusive" playground. The kids were surprised that at first glance, they couldn't really tell that there was anything special about this playground. As they moved through, however, they noticed that the accommodations- ramps instead of stairs, lower swings, braille, and auditory play, to name a few- made it more fun for everyone. They noticed that there were lots of interesting gathering places on the playground, and imagined that independent play- without a parent, teacher or aide nearby- was a really important opportunity. Many of the kids discussed how limiting it can be to have an aide with them at school for academic and social reasons, and mentioned that playing freely is truly a right for kids.
Everybody's Playground is located at the Leroy L. Wood School, Fairhaven, MA.