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 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.
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 can afford to install will be 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 we have been liaising with the Harrow Parks Management Team and G L Jones to move the project to the installation phase. We have had our final sign off, and the specialist equipment is currently been manufactured in Wales and awaiting an installation date as soon as the CoronaVirus lockdown restrictions are lifted.
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!
For information on how you get involved to help us finish building the dream, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.