Variety Inclusive Playground at Piedmont Park.

Inclusive Play Program

 

We are proud to announce the first Variety Inclusive Ability playground will be located at Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Georgia.

Why are you building at Piedmont Park?

Piedmont Park has over 4 million visitors a year. This additional playground for 2-12 year-olds, will be enhancement to the Park and all their current features and activities. This playground will serve the needs of all children, parents, and caregivers.

Will any trees be impacted?

We are committed to maintaining the beautiful natural scenery at Piedmont Park. All healthy trees will be preserved and protected. We are cognizant of tree structures and critical root zones.

What is an inclusive playground?

An inclusive playground is one which children of all abilities can access and play together.

Does inclusion and access refer to children in wheelchairs?

Traditionally, making a playground accessible meant adding features like ramps so children using wheelchairs or other mobility devices could access the playground. At Variety we believe in going beyond ADA standards and addressing different types of disabilities. We are designing for children with all types of challenges, interests, and abilities.

What type of abilities do you consider when designing the playground?

The playground will address children with mobility issues, sensory issues, or emotional, cognitive or development disabilities, by offering accessible equipment, sensory play, and creative play elements.

What is sensory play and why is it important?

In Georgia, up to 16% of children are affected with a sensory processing disorder. Sensory play elements include activities that stimulate children’s senses: touch, smell, movement, balance, sight and hearing. Children develop skills necessary to engage, change, and impact the community around them.

When will the playground be built?

We are in the conceptual planning phase of the playground design and finalizing play structures based on the community response and land structure. We are currently in a capital fundraising plan to raise the funds for the playground.

How can we donate, sponsor, or contribute to the inclusive playground?

Please contact our Executive Director, Chase Andrews, at chase@varietyofgeorgia.org or 678-994-4210 for more information.