Anchorage leads the nation in inclusive playgrounds designed to remove barriers and create equitable access to play. This winter the Anchorage Park Foundation is launching a video series to introduce residents to some of the parks and profile their importance to local families and the community. They are also challenging families to get outside to visit each of 16 inclusive parks this winter and spring. Visit them all and earn a special Moose Loop Sticker!
“No child should have to sit on the sidelines watching their friends play,” said Anchorage Park Foundation Executive Director, Beth Nordlund. “It’s important for everyone to learn the benefits of these playground features so they have a sense of ownership in these community spaces and know that they are there to serve all families.”
“Inclusive parks go beyond the ADA requirements. They are designed with input from experts in varying fields and with careful consideration into how they can benefit children and families who have a wide range of special needs,” said Anchorage Parks and Recreation Superintendent Stephen Rafuse. “These playgrounds create community so that everyone can play together with a sense of adventure and fun.”
The movement towards inclusive parks started more than a decade ago with the opening of Cuddy Family Midtown Park and now includes more than a dozen with the highest level of inclusivity – Level 1. The innovative designs and surfaces invite all children and families to play together. The Anchorage Parks and Recreation Department has been at the center of this national movement and progress continues toward more just, equitable and inclusive parks for all.
The Anchorage Park Foundation invites residents to join the movement and share the adventure! You can download an inclusive playground map that details design components that serve specific needs, learn more about the winter challenge and how to get your free Moose Loop sticker, and watch the video series.