Adaptive playgrounds for kids with special needs in Philadelphia, South Jersey and Delaware
Assistive playgrounds — also known as adaptive, inclusive or special needs playgrounds — designed to accommodate children with special needs are an increasing sight in our area. Here are several inclusive playgrounds worth traveling to in Delaware, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and South Jersey. They've got eqipment appropriate for all kids and are great places to go for an inclusive playdate.
Adaptive playgrounds in Delaware
Can-Do Playground (1104 Philadelphia Pike, Wilmington)
Alapocas State Park playground with double-wide ramps, adaptive swings, climbing walls and ground-level activities.
Adaptive playgrounds in Pennsylvania
Abington Area Community Park (corner of Winola Rd. and Grove St., Abington)
Features a “boundless playground” with smooth surface, all-abilities equipment and proximity to two all-access fishing piers.
Everybody’s Playground (540 Dresher Rd., Horsham)
Features extensive ramping system, a Sway Fun glider and safety surfacing.
Freedom Playground (900 Parkview Dr., Haverford)
Community-built playground with a texture wall, a treehouse with a rocking deck and sensory integrative activities.
Smith Memorial Playground (3500 Reservoir Dr., East Fairmount Park, Phila.)
Popular East Fairmount Park site features 100 percent playground accessibility and a wheelchair transfer system for the giant slide and Tot Lot pirate ship.
Adaptive playgrounds in South Jersey
Fort Medford (Bob Meyer Memorial Park, Gravelly Hollow Rd., Medford)
Features wheelchair ramps, a sway boat, a roller slide and accessible picnic tables.
Jake’s Place (101 Bortons Mill Rd., Cherry Hill)
Features dedicated transfer stations and sight-impaired and sound play components; adjacent to all-abilities ball-field complex.
Imagination Kingdom Playground (501 Pemberton-Browns Mills Rd., Pemberton)
Castle-themed play area with an extensive ramping system, a Sway Fun glider, embossed play panels and ground-level activities.