In the News:
Wheaton Park District receives grant for sensory garden playground
Special recreation group aims to build accessible playground -Chicago Tribune, 09/27/2012
Proposed Wheaton playground to appeal to kids with developmental challenges -Daily Herald, 06/05/2012
Inclusive Playground to Encourage Play for Special Needs and Able-Bodied Children
-Wheaton Patch, 05/11/2012
Wheaton Groups Plan A Unique Playground Project
-WDCB Public Radio 90.9FM
What is the Sensory Garden Playground Initiative?
As a cooperative effort of Wheaton Park District, Kiwanis Club of Wheaton, Western DuPage Special Recreation Association, and
Forest Preserve District DuPage County, a new garden/playground is being developed at Danada South Park. 20% of our children
have some form of disability or learning challenge. Some may be physical limitations that are plain to see, while others are less
apparent such as learning disabilities.
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Creating a Play Area for All Children
Children use play as the instrument to learn about the world. Unfortunately, some play environments exclude children with disabilities because they have barriers to mobility or limited opportunities for play for children with autism. Some play areas fall short because they lack more sensory opportunities.
The goal of this sensory garden playground is to create an environment where all children can feel comfortable and develop themselves by challenging their bodies and minds. This area will include amenities that will encourage different types of physical activity than standard playgrounds.
Research indicates that by creating a challenging and social environment for children with disabilities, it will provide a lasting effect for them into adulthood... more >
The new playground proposes separate areas that allow children to progress at their own speed and focus on play activities developed to keep them engaged.
Current proposed plans call for:
- A playground area
- A sound and scent garden
- Water play
- A shelter and restroom building to accommodate extended visits.
- An accessible baseball field, to allow children of all abilities to have the traditional ballfield experience
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Please help this concept become a reality!
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