The latest inclusive playground in Louisville, KY is in Petersburg Park and it is this week’s featured playspace. Be sure to see the last couple of weeks “Playgrounds of the Week” to see the rest of the accessible playgrounds in Louisville.
Gathering with dozens of children, park supporters and city officials, Mayor Greg Fischer in the summer of 2012 dedicated a new playground at Petersburg Park in the Newburg neighborhood of Louisville, KY. Designed with elements that allow children of all physical abilities to play together, it was built through a partnership between Louisville Metro Parks and the DREAM Foundation, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to assisting children with physical disabilities, and their families.
The inclusive playground provides a ramp to the play deck, allowing easy access for wheelchair users, and a Sway Fun. Other elements include sensory and musical panels and other activities. Rubber surfaces throughout the playground also make it easier for wheelchairs or those who might require the assistance of a crutch or walker. The playground is adjacent to a sprayground which opened at the park in 2010.
This “play together” playground is the fourth such playground built in a Metro Park in partnership with the DREAM Foundation. Others are at Shawnee Park in western Louisville, Iroquois Park in Louisville’s south end, and Des Pres Park in eastern Louisville.
Petersburg Park is a 28-acre park in the Newburg neighborhood located off Indian Trail in southeastern Louisville. The park contains an exercise trail, ballfields, tennis courts, a stage, a playground and sprayground.
DREAM (Duchenne Research Education and Miracle Foundation) was founded in Louisville in 1998 by Mitch and Meredith Barnes in honor of their son Mitchell. DREAM is dedicated to assisting children with physical disabilities, and their families. DREAM is focused on raising funds and public awareness for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. One of DREAM’s goals is also to raise funds for scholarships to educate pediatric physicians and for its “Play Together” Playground Project.