Oxford Memorial Park – Inclusive Playground

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Inclusive Playground coming summer 2017

The current playground will be closed beginning July 16, 2017 to remove the existing equipment, prep the site, and install the structural poles for the new equipment. It will reopen on or around August 17, 2017.

Please Note: Only the playground will be closed, the other areas of the park will remain open throughout construction.

Community Build Day

Saturday, August 12, 2017 10am

In addition to volunteers to help install the new playground a few items are needed:

  • Open end wrenches (3/8”, 5/16”, 7/16” and 1/2″)
  • Socket wrenches in same size listed above
  • Two colors of Sharpie markers to check bolts (1 person marks  in one color on the bolt head, 2nd person marks in the other color when a bolt has been double-checked)

The Oxford Rotary Foundation has taken on a major initiative in soliciting funds to revitalize the Oxford Memorial Park playground to a playground that is inclusive.

These playgrounds have been founded in the principles of inclusion and make a fundamental statement about how communities value meaningful play experiences for children of all abilities. The seven principles of Inclusive Playground Design create universally designed play environments that increase the “playability,” or inclusion, of children of diverse abilities, age, race, gender, ethnicity, culture, and socioeconomic status. They are: be fair; be included; be smart; be independent; be safe; be active; be comfortable.

Designing inclusive play environments that meet the seven Principles of Inclusive Playground Design is a critical first step to provide the foundation for inclusive play to occur. Teaching or facilitating children about how they can successfully play together can be just as important. Taking inclusive play to the next level by educating children about similarities and differences supports character education initiatives while further ensuring meaningful play for children of all abilities outdoors. We will know our efforts toward inclusion have been successful when children of all abilities freely play with each other independently and by choice.

Donations are requested to help with ongoing maintenance of the Inclusive Playground.

Make a tax-deductible donation to the Oxford Rotary Foundation.


In the News

Oxford Rotary Foundation Heads Inclusive Playground Project


Questions:

Paul B. Matthews, Oxford Borough Council Member
ampmram@nullzoominternet.net or cell (610) 945-4423

Dr. Ray Fischer, Oxford Rotary Foundation President
rfischer17@nullicloud.com or cell (717) 947-0075