The military adding more playground access for special needs children

In the coming year, forty installations throughout the United States and overseas will build playgrounds that are accessible to children and adults with disabilities. These playgrounds will be handicap-accessible and are designed to enable special-needs children to join their friends at play. The playgrounds feature brand new equipment, protective surfacing and borders, and wheelchair accessible pathways. The accessible playground is a layout of specifically selected playground equipment connected and arranged in a manner that is barrier-free and supports child development. Equipment is carefully selected and laid out in configurations that are fun, rigorous, and challenging for children of different abilities. The ultimate goal is to provide a safe place where children and their families can play together and have fun.


  • Kaiserslaturen
  • Fort Drum
  • MCB Camp Pendleton
  • Grafenwoehr
  • Fort Lee
  • MCAS Cherry Point
  • Fort Gordon
  • Fort Campbell
  • MCAD Miramar
  • Fort Polk
  • Fort Knox
  • MCB Camp Lejeune
  • Fort Sill
  • Fort Meade
  • Andrews AFB
  • Fort Bragg
  • Fort Hood
  • Lackland AFB
  • Fort Lewis
  • NAB San Diego
  • Travis AFB
  • Fort Bliss
  • NAS Oceaa
  • Wright-Paterson AFB
  • Fort Stewart
  • NAS Jacksonville
  • Nellis AFB
  • Fort Carson
  • NAVSTA Pearl Harbor
  • Aviano AFB
  • Fort Benning
  • NDW Anacostia
  • RAF Lakenheath
  • Fort Sam Houston
  • NSA Naples
  • Kadena AFB
  • Fort Belvior
  • NAS Sigonella
  • Fort Riley
  • MCB Quantico

According to the Department of Defense, schools will also revamp some school playgrounds for special-needs children. The modifications to the existing playgrounds will bring them into compliance with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the playground industry.

Twenty-three schools will receive new playground equipment:

  • Fort Bragg: Bowley ES, Devers ES, Holbrook ES
  • Fort Campbell: Barkley ES, Lucas ES, Marshall ES, Jackson ES, Lincoln ES
  • Fort Knox: Mudge ES, Van Voorhis ES, Pierce ES, Macdonald IS, Kingsolver ES, Scott MS, Knox HS, Walker IS
  • MCB Quantico: Russell ES, Ashurst ES
  • Fort Stewart: Brittin ES
  • Heidelberg District: Hainerberg ES, Patch ES
  • Isles District: Geilenkirchen ES
  • Mediterranean District: Rota ES

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