In an effort to provide an inclusive community experience, officials in Arlington County approved a one million dollar contract to renovate a heavily used park.
The playground is the first in the county to incorporate universal designs.
“The goal was to create a site where kids of all abilities can play side by side,” said Joshua Serck, Arlington County’s Parks and Rec Landscape Architect. “There’s no ramps, and no steps so that way people of all abilities can get to the different elements in a safe and easy way,” he added.
Once a traditional park sitting on flat land the park now has synthetic padding and a colorful tile mosaic. The different sensory elements are appealing to everyone no matter the age or physical ability.
“My favorite part about it is that all kids are welcomed here,” said 7-year-old Ameerah Chaudry.
“It’s nice because it helps them to develop their motor skills,” said Alexandra Marino, Arlington resident.
The park located at 1021 N Quincy St. Arlington, VA 22201 is open to the public seven days a week from sunrise until a half hour after sunset. Click here for parking information.