In honor of the 2010 Olympics in London, this week’s spot lighted playground is in Devon, England. The Playpark is located at the King George V Playing field on Topsham Road, Exeter, EX2 6HE – behind Countess Wear Hotel.
According to their website, “This is an inclusive playground where the equipment is almost all wheelchair accessible. The equipment is designed to encourage co-operative play and is large enough to be used by older disabled children who may need more space for wheelchairs and sometimes helpers.A safe community space due to adequate fencing and gates, it contains sensory equipment such as sand, textured surfacing and sensory planting, along with tactile signs for less well sighted visitors and pictorial signs for people with learning difficulties.”
There website provides a lot of helpful information including which company supplied the unique pieces to assist another group looking to replicate their efforts. They also have Widget symbol sheets that can be used to prepare a child with autism for the playground or to be used by a child who is non-verbal at the playground.
Here are some aspects of the playground:
The website has two videos about the playground. Below is the short 1 minute one. If you are interested in the 15 minute video, click here and go to the bottom of the page.
Recently seven new mural panels made by over a hundred local schoolchildren of all abilities, with the help of talented North Devon artist Karen Hawkins were added to the playground.