To build the first accessible and inclusive playground in Jefferson County, WA as soon as possible.
In 2016, Sarah Grossman, a local Physical Therapist working in the Chimacum School district had 3 pre-school students on her caseload that couldn’t walk. The school playground was not accessible for their wheelchairs and walkers. With no money in the school budget to modify the playground and encouraged to apply for grants, she decided to look into getting a Community-wide Accessible Playground built, enlisting the help of her colleagues, parents of special needs students and friends. Thus formed JUMP! Jefferson Universal Movement Playground.
Our hope is to provide a space where all families can come and have their children experience challenging and stimulating play on an accessible, safe and fun playground, centrally located in East Jefferson County. The playground we envision will provide a variety of motor and multi-sensory experiences that children of differing ages and abilities will be able to play on. The accessible surfacing will allow parents, friends, grandparents or other caregivers that use assistive mobility devices (walkers, canes, wheelchairs) a place to roll up or safely walk to and sit on a bench to watch their children play.
Who will it serve?
This playground is for every child in Jefferson County. Per population statistics from the 2016 Census, that would roughly be about 3000 children under the age of 16. It is designed so that children with motor and other disabilities will be able to engage and play on it, alongside their peers and siblings that do not require any accommodations. Our proposed playground is the only playground in the area that is truly inclusive. It will address the developmental needs of the whole child by intentionally providing opportunities for physical, cognitive, communication, social-emotional and sensory development. It is for everyone, not just for those with disabilities. This link from NPR about inclusive and accessible playgrounds highlights the importance of play for all children, and to be able to share those experiences together, not in isolated situations just for special needs. Click on this to