Making Playgrounds Accessible

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A trip to the playground can be a frustrating one, depending on your child’s individual needs. Fortunately, plenty of area parks and playgrounds have been built or redesigned with the needs of all children in mind, and more are on the way.  Common Ground, an inclusive playground scheduled to be built on 23-acres near US 42 and Snider Road in Mason, is currently seeking funding to begin building in 2014. The park intends to exceed the requirements of the Americans With Disabilities Act to promote social inclusion and cooperative play among children and adults of all abilities.

Visit masonparksfoundation.org/common-ground/.

Here are a few more parks to check out with your whole gang!

All Children’s Playground at Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Anderson Township; andersonparks.com/ParkBAPlayground.html.

Every Child’s Playground at Sawyer Point, 801 E. Pete Rose Way; cincinnatiparks.com.

Great Parks of Hamilton County offers several parks with accessible playgrounds, including one at Francis RecreAcres (11982 Conrey Road), as well as multiple parks that feature the Zero G-Chair Swing, an ergonomically designed swing for ages 2 – 5 and 5 – 12 (greatparks.org/about/accessibility).

Clippard Park at Clippard Park Drive in Colerain; colerain.org.

Boundless Playground at Dudley Memorial Park (pictured above), 5700 Yankee Road, Liberty Township; libertytownship.besavvy2.egovlink.com.

Washington Park at 1230 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine; washingtonpark.org.

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