Sometimes, things that appear to be going badly, end up going very well. Friday was one of those times. I had a post planned for WATWB. It had been planned for over two weeks, but I ran out of time during the week. I thought about writing the post early Friday morning, but I was getting my hair cut and then I had to go to work. I Put a message on the WATWB Facebook page saying that I would be late, probably posting on Sunday.
If you haven’t posted as part of this monthly blogfest, you should know that the organizers and cohosts are some of the nicest people you’ll ever work with.
Friday morning, I drove into Hartford for my haircut, and I spied something new near the Bushnell Park Carousel – a playground. As I entered the playground to snap a few pictures, I realized how special this new “accessible” playground is. According to John W. Hollerbach, who designed the playground:
“A lot of times when people think about accessible playgrounds, they think somebody’s bound in a wheelchair. That’s the biggest misconception. There are kids with hearing impairments, visual impairments, as well as kids on the autism spectrum and with Down syndrome.”
The playground looks like a fun place, and it’s positioned in a wonderful setting.
“The larger playscape has a tall twisting slide. The structures borrow features from the Hartford skyline. The larger playscape features a gold dome, resembling the state capitol and the accessibility ramp is patterned after the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Arch.
A large web-like climbing structure called “The Pegasus” is made of rope and shaped into a pyramid. Sensory panels allow children to turn the panels and play games. A child can jump from round pods to a balance beam and back again, or hang on the rings.
The playground has a rubberized surface and color-varying steps. Two rocking horses, off to the side, offer a quieter place to play.”
The article from the Hartford Courant, that the above text is quoted from, mentions nine other accessible playgrounds in the Hartford area.
Playgrounds should be accessible by all children. I think this is a very nice project gifted to the City of Hartford by the Bushnell Park Foundation.
The “We are the World” Blogfest is now in its third year. This blogfest’s goal is to spread the message of light, hope and love in today’s world. We are challenging all participants to share the positive side of humanity. This month’s co-hosts: Sylvia McGrath, Susan Scott, Shilpa Garg, Eric Lahti, and Belinda Witzenhausen welcome participants and encourage all to join in during future months. #WATWB is a blog hop on the last Friday of every month.