Everybody's Playground, Fairhaven

  Tyler was impressed with the extensive ramp system.

Tyler was impressed with the extensive ramp system.

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: ★★★★★
Uniqueness: ★★★★
Shade: ★
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.

  The variety of gathering spaces felt important to reviewers, who in this photo, were waiting for their delicious cookies. The angst is visible. 

The variety of gathering spaces felt important to reviewers, who in this photo, were waiting for their delicious cookies. The angst is visible. 

There are ramps everywhere. That makes it fun for everyone.
— Tyler, 10
Everyone can enjoy this playground whether you are in a wheelchair, have a hard time with your legs, have no eyesight, have a broken arm, or have Lyme disease.
— Jennie, 9
  Michael always seeks out physical and mental play opportunities. 

Michael always seeks out physical and mental play opportunities. 

Even if you don’t need the differences on this playground, it’s still fun for all of us. Everyone can enjoy it.
— Aevelyn, 8
  The fun factor is not only about fancy equipment. Reviewers loved the low-tech fun that the painted times table, measurement system, and hopscotch added. 

The fun factor is not only about fancy equipment. Reviewers loved the low-tech fun that the painted times table, measurement system, and hopscotch added. 

 

Everybody's Playground is located at the Leroy L. Wood School, Fairhaven, MA.