The Oak Lawn Park District was a recent recipient of a $300,000 playground matching grant through Illinois Park and Recreation Association, Playcore and their affiliated GameTime and Cunningham Recreation. The grant will be used for an All Inclusive Playground project at Columbus Manor Park, 99th & Moody Ave, in Oak Lawn. It will be one of the first inclusive playgrounds in the state of Illinois.
An inclusive playground will help the Park District to continue the mission of enhancing recreational opportunities, not only for people with disabilities, but for the entire community. In addition, it is the Park District’s hope that this inclusive playground aids in developing attitudes that promote tolerance and appreciation of differences; everyone can be together and have fun regardless of ability level.
The Oak Lawn Park District is the model for the promotion of healthy and active lifestyles in the
community. Play is critical for all ages and all abilities. Inclusive play makes play available to
everyone: children and adults with disabilities, older adults with physical challenges, vets who may
have returned home with an injury, etc. The impact of health and wellness is invaluable and
enjoying this playground will provide memories and family bonding without socioeconomic barriers.
The Oak Lawn Park District hopes that the “All Inclusive Playground” will become a destination playground for people of all ages and abilities. State of the Art features will include:
• Nds 7 Principles Sign Package
• Age Appropriate Fiberglass Sign
• Custom Trail Map Sign
• Spinning Sensory Wave Seat
• Harmonic Chimes
• Cantata Chimes
• Concert Duo
• Arch Swing
• Whirlwind Seat Straight
• Music Bench W/Back Ingr
• Pond Bench
• Leaf Bench
• Bug Bench
• PrimeTime Swings
• Expression Swing
Fundraising efforts have begun. If your organization is interested in sponsoring this All Inclusive Playground, please contact 708-857-2225 or visit www.olparks.com.
Playground sponsorship levels begin at $1,000 and go as high as $250,000 for the Exclusive Naming Premier Partner. Equipment sponsorship ranges are $2,000 to $150,000.