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Chapel Hill seeks input on new inclusive playground

Posted September 14, 2016

Schematic shows the new play space could sit next to the existing playground. Courtesy: Town of Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill will hold a public workshop this month to seek input on the construction of a new inclusive playground at Cedar Falls Park.

The new playground at the park, at 501 Weaver Dairy Rd., will be designed for kids of all abilities, including those in wheelchairs or with other disabilities.

The town's newer playgrounds all meet the minimum requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but the new playground will far exceed those minimum requirements in its design and construction, according to a press release. A schematic shows the proposed playground next to the park's existing playground.

"If we are successful, any child will have the ability to have fun without feeling excluded or limited by physical or developmental issues," the release says.

The public workshop is scheduled for 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., Sept. 28, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr., Chapel Hill The public is invited to drop in at any time to share their thoughts about the park and playground. Children are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The town also is collecting input through an online survey about playground issues in Chapel Hill. That survey is open for comments through midnight, Oct. 3.

Cary's Kids Together has been a long-time favorite for play for kids with disabilities. In Raleigh, construction is underway for the new Sassafras All Children's Playground, which will open later this fall and also will serve children of all abilities.


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