Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato today announced that new universal playgrounds are now open in Harrison Hills Park, South Park, and White Oak Park, and a fourth all-inclusive playground is under construction in Settler’s Cabin Park. These playgrounds are specially designed to meet the needs of children with disabilities, but are meant to be enjoyed by children of all capabilities.
“Allegheny County is proud to offer four more universal playgrounds in our regional parks so children of all capabilities can play side by side,” said Onorato. “As we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act this week, we’re thrilled to add this new equipment to our parks and continue our efforts to promote accessibility.”
The new playgrounds, designed by GameTime, include wheelchair-accessible ramps and platforms wide enough for two wheelchairs to pass one another. They also have specialized swings designed for different age groups. Other equipment, such as handlebars at the slides and climbing walls, promote integrated play.
The $1 million cost of the four playgrounds was paid for with a $255,376 GameTime Childhood Obesity Grant and $600,000 from the Regional Asset District. The additional $200,000 came from the capital budget.
The first universal playgrounds were installed in Boyce and North parks last summer. The County also has all-inclusive spray parks at Deer Lakes and Round Hill parks.