Finding a Playground For Children Who Cannot Run or Jump

Published 07/25 2014 04:31PM

Updated 07/27 2014 07:53PM

National Public Radio introduced “Playgrounds for Everyone,” the first comprehensive national database of accessible playgrounds. Anyone can contribute to the online registry, and include information like photos and what special features each playground has. After just one year, the site included 1,920 playgrounds with 827 of those in New York alone—Chicago comes in at a distant second with 109.

Why it Matters: When niche fitness playgrounds began to emerge it sparked an idea—if you can build playgrounds for senior citizens, then you can build playgrounds for anyone. The playgrounds not only provide entertainment, but may also offer much needed exercise. As the niche playground concept expands from Seniors, to Boomers, and to those of any age with physical and mental disabilities, the momentum is growing around creating playgrounds that are accessible to everyone.

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