Every Child’s Playground in Cincinnati, Ohio (331,000), is accessible to children of all abilities, including children with visual impairments and those in wheelchairs. Before planning the playground, the city’s recreation commission staff talked to children with disabilities and learned that their highest priority was to be able to play alongside their friends. A local business provided supplies, and donations covered the cost of building materials. The playground was constructed by the recreation commission’s volunteer corps of 2,000. As a result, about three-quarters of the project’s $250,000 cost was donated. The climbing structure, located along the river, resembles a steamboat and incorporates ramps so that children in wheelchairs can reach every level of the equipment; and finger mazes and musical instruments can be used by children with visual impairments. The playground is popular, and children with disabilities can finally play on the same equipment their friends use.
Cincinnati Recreation Commission
805 Central Avenue, Suite 800
Cincinnati, OH 45202
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