Inclusive Playground Project
CEDARS INCLUSIVE & ALL-ABILITY ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND PROJECT
Every child needs space to play, but the more disabled your child, the fewer opportunities they have to use normal playground equipment in your local park or open space.Together, we can improve the play facilities in your local park by working with the park management and various support agencies and funding organisations. Find out more about our vision for more inclusive and accessible parks and open spaces in Harrow and throughout London.
*********PHASE 1 PROJECT UPDATE*********
WE BUILT THE DREAM!!!
We are very grateful for everyone who supported the project from start to this stage, from every parent who took part in the consultation stage, members of fundraising team, including our Crowdfunding donators, our early years partners, our playground design company-G L Jones, the Harrow Community and Engagement Councillor, Sue Anderson, Cedars Pre-school, especially the Harrow Council Inclusion Fund managers, and the Harrow Parks Management Team, Desiree Mahoney and Dave Corby. It has truly been a community vision with a truly concerted community effort to get us to this stage- Phase 1.
Councillor Sue Anderson (Community Engagement & Accessibility Portfolio Holder) at our launch event.
LAUNCH OF OUR PROJECT
We launched the project in July 2017 after many months of consultation and engagement with various members of our community.
Councillor Sue Anderson attended our launch event
Where is the park? CLICK HERE
Phase 1 represents the halfway fundraising stage of the project. We raised a total of £65,000. (£40,00 with the help of our early years provider partners, and an additional £25,000 contribution from Harrow Council). This means the specialist play equipment we could afford to install was the the following:
- AbilitySwing Set with Enclosure – (1 Flat Seat – 1 Full Support Seat – 1 BirdNest Seat & 2 Guards) with Coloured Wet Pour (soft edge) Safety Surfacing
- AbilityWhirl Self Propelled with Coloured Wet Pour (soft edge) Safety Surfacing
- AbilityTrampoline – Wheelchair Trampoline with Wet Pour (soft edge) Safety Surfacing
- Picnic Tables, All Hardwood Inserts with Woodland Blend Bonded Rubber Mulch Safety Surfacing
- Pathway Linking Play Equipment with Coloured Wet Pour (hard edge) Safety Surfacing.
The specialist equipment were all chosen by families in the consultation stage. The important aspect of the design was to ensure the wetpour surfacing allowed wheelchair users to access all areas and all the play equipment. Further consideration was given to equipment that ensured children with any physical ability would be able to play and interact with eachother, thus removing barriers to inclusion. The total concept and design of the playground was to TURN INCLUSION ON ITS HEAD, and allow disabled and non-disabled children to play next to eachother in the same park for FREE. This means one family can have their disabled and non-disabled siblings play together without having to pay a visit to other specialist centres and facilities outside London. We believe this truly represents INCLUSIVE PLAY. We hope to improve other local parks in Harrow with more specialist equipment and ensure there are more choices for as many families with disabled children who want and need these spaces.
Phase 2 will be the completion of the project with the remaining equipment, (please see main picture above).
We are pleased to announce that Phase 1 has been completed and is open to the public. We have yet to create a path from the main park to the playground to make it truly accessible but many are able to use the playground immediately. Wheelchair swing users will need to purchase a Radar key (also used to open disabled public toilets)
This achievement has been a partnership and co-production exercise involving various members of the SEND community in Harrow over several years and demonstrates how we can all make a difference. Help us complete the project and finish BUILDING THE DREAM. Watch this space for further news on how the community uses the space for learning and socialising.
For information on how you get involved to help us finish building the dream, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WHERE IS THE PLAYGROUND?
The Cedars Open Space lies next to the Cedars Community Centre astroturf football pitch and offers a children’s playground with a separate adventure playground with swings, seesaws and a zip line.
There is also a basketball court which is ideal for pick up games and informal basketball. The Cedars is popular for walking and has a standalone goal for football and an adjacent grass area.
Find out more about other play activities: CLICK HERE
You can find the playground in Cedars Park, at the back of the Kids Can Achieve (Cedars Hall) building, for the Google Map link: CLICK HERE
How does the wheelchair swing work?
Please note, you will need to purchase a RADAR key to be able to unlock the swing. You can buy for approximately £2.99 from Amazon.
Please see this link below to the manufacturer G L Jones’ website for more information: