Fantastic Idea

a playground for every body

by Bernard De Koven on May 28, 2013

This girl is on a swing. In her wheelchair. She’s in Clemyjontri Park, in Fairfax County, Virginia. This, from their website:


CLEMYJONTRI PARK features a unique playground where children of all abilities can play side-by-side. It is a playground where every child is welcome.

This park is a place where children who use wheelchairs, walkers or braces, or who have sensory or developmental disabilities, can have a parallel playground experience of fun and exploration. At CLEMYJONTRI….

    • Ramps connect structures
    • Swings have high backs, arm rests and special safety features
    • Rubber surfacing allows wheelchairs to roll easily
    • Lowered monkey bars provide easy access
    • Equipment is designed to be sensory rich so all children can participate with peers
    • Wider openings allows easy access to play structures

There’s a Carousel too:

Chariots, a spinning tea cup and 14 prancing steeds await only the imagination of children. The carousel is recessed to ground level so that it is accessible for wheelchairs, allowing children to transfer to the tea cup. The chariot is designed to allow for transfer to a seated position or to remain seated in the wheelchair.

And it’s not just for “special populations.” Because any population of kids is special. Though I can’t help thinking it would be even more special if there were slides and swings and carousels we could all go on, together: kids of all kinds, adults of all kinds, even adults of the senior kinds.

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