A Dream Come True Playground

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A Dream Come True Playground

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Address
1050 Neff Ave
Postal code
22801

Contact Information for Location

Phone Number
(540) 433-9168
Type of Attraction
(From the City of Harrisonburg website) This playground is a totally accessible/inclusive playground with many unique and one-of-a-kind features. The playground has separate equipment for 2-5 year olds and 5-12 year olds plus more fun and exciting equipment. Features include a rock, rainbow arches, shade structures, roadway, hammock swing, draw wall, pavilion, and family comfort stations that are fully accessible.

The comfort stations close for the winter months and open again in the spring. The park will remain open year round unless the temperature is 32 degrees or below, or the ground is frozen. The playground is open from 8:00am to dusk, weather permitting.

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4.5
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5.0  (1)
Physical Accessibility 
 
4.0  (1)
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(Updated: July 12, 2014)
Overall rating 
 
4.5
Overall Quality 
 
5.0
Physical Accessibility 
 
4.0

Best accessible playground we've visited so far

Quality

We visited this playground after I found it listed as #30 on a list of top 30 accessible playgrounds in the world. (http://www.special-education-degree.net/30-most-impressive-accessible-and-inclusive-playgrounds/) It has a lot of really thoughtful ideas, such as incorporating sounds and touch, as well as the usual play structures. Features include a sensory garden, two major play structures (one ramped), an area with a track, plastic musical instruments, play panels at ground level, a couple of ways to play sound effects, a faux-rock fountain, a ball hoop, a chalk wall, a couple of picnic areas (with lots of accessible tables), a hammock, and three types of swings (standard, the big plastic adaptive kind, and a Liberty swing for wheelchairs - but note that the Liberty swing requires you to get a key and the playground attendant is not always on duty; when we were there on a Saturday evening, they were not, so we were not able to check this feature out). My 13-year-old was still fairly limited in what she could do, because she is so limited in the use of her arms. There were three features she really enjoyed: the plastic adaptive swing, the hammock, and driving under the weeping willow in the sensory garden (at least until I whacked her in the face with it...). Kids with more use of their arms will find more to do. (The play panels are kind of lame, though.) My five-year-old loved it and announced that she wanted to live there! But even the 13-year-old said she'd like to go back.

Accessibility

The feature *I* appreciated most about this park was the fold-down changing table in the family restroom that was big enough to accommodate an adult - I've never seen one before, and now I'm greedy for more! There were some areas that I was disappointed in - with just a *leetle* more work, they could have been even better. There is a rock with buttons that you can push to play sound effects, but all the buttons are too low to reach from a wheelchair. The faux-rock fountain, while clearly designed to be played with, was also too low for my daughter to reach. There are buttons in the ground under the rainbow-colored hoops at the entrance that also play sound effects, but they are almost impossible to set off with a wheelchair. There are huge platforms at the top of the slides on the wheelchair-accessible structure which might make it easier for kids with some mobility to scoot from their chairs, but for us they were actually a hindrance. (It might have been good if they could have done one with, one without.) And I was a bit frustrated that there was no way to spin a kid who doesn't have full body control (there are some spinning things in a mulched area, but nothing you could get to with a wheelchair or that would offer any support once you got there). For those reasons, I decided to knock a star off the accessibility - although if it were an option, I might have only gone with a half star, because overall, this really is a pretty awesome accessible playground. Oh yeah, and plenty of handicapped parking spaces, too!
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