Chapel Hill has nine playgrounds, but the town is in the process of planning a new playground that's accessible for all children — especially those with disabilities.
Bill Webster, the planning and development manager for the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department, is working on the construction of Chapel Hill’s first all-inclusive playground. It would be a place where children with varying levels of mental and physical disabilities could play side-by-side with children who are developing typically.
The playground will be in Cedar Falls Park in northeast Chapel Hill, where a playground already exists. The first step will be to expand and convert the pre-existing playground at Cedar Falls and build outward from there, with structures designed so that everyone can participate.
Webster encouraged everyone interested in this topic to come to the public workshop at the Chapel Hill Public Library. The meeting will be held in Room A from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept.28. For more information, visit: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/parks-and-recreation/planning-and-development/inclusive-playground-project
The designs will go beyond the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
“Chapel Hill has always tried to think outside the box to incorporate different needs,” Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said. “We take a look at our population and hear them out to make sure we’re serving people with what they need.”