Administrators, teachers and students of the Mount Pleasant Blythedale School at Blythedale Children’s Hospital celebrated the opening of a new playground with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Blythedale Children’s Hospital is located in Valhalla, NY.
“The goal of Mount Pleasant Blythedale School is to provide students with the opportunities to engage in the typical tasks of childhood while they receive rehabilitation at Blythedale Children’s Hospital. Nothing is more synonymous with childhood than playing in a playground. Unfortunately, for many of our students the joy of playing in a playground has been an impossible dream until now. Our totally accessible playground makes that dream come true,” said Ellen Bergman, Superintendent of Schools for the Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District.
The Mount Pleasant-Blythedale Union Free School District is the only public school district in New York created to educate a hospital population. Students are inpatients as well as children and adolescents receiving rehabilitation and medical services in Blythedale’s day hospital program.
The new playground is designed so that all equipment is accessible to children in wheelchairs. The ground cover is a special artificial grass with extra cushioning so that children who have difficulty walking can still move about independently. Funding for the playground was provided by the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York.