An Inclusive Alberta
One of Variety Alberta’s initiatives is to see all new playgrounds built through an inclusive lens from the onset and see playgrounds that do not accommodate for this be able to expand and include accessible and inclusive play design and features.
We can assist in the development of inclusive playgrounds throughout our province that promotes dignity, understanding, and respect among all children including children with ability diverse needs.
We are offering our services to bring ideas, research, support and funding to assist in making sure every project maximizes the options available to give every child an equal right to play.
How we can offer support:
Research and Best Practices: Bringing the most current research on play design and space to encompass the spectrum of ability diverse needs (mobility; cognitive; sensory) in an interactive space.
Collaboration and Partnerships: Bringing together community and organizational experts for additional support and resources.
Fundraising: Offering support with fundraising for each project.
Financial Management of Donations and Tax Receipts: We can solicit, receive, issue tax receipts, and manage all financial aspects of the playground including grant writing and final report writing.
We see all too often, playground designs that are not created with children who have specialized needs in mind – things such as pea gravel; wood chip surfacing; playground equipment that does not accommodate for assistive devices (or those that do, often lack play value for the children who use assistive devices on a daily basis); equipment that lacks different physical entrance points to accommodate ability diverse needs; and playgrounds that lack features for children with cognitive and sensory challenges (i.e. quiet spaces for children who are autistic to desensitize).
When playgrounds are not built for all children, they not only create barriers that prohibit children from playing but also prevent children from interacting with other children – something that is necessary for breaking down negative perceptions associated with disabilities and allowing for opportunities for interactive play.
- Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association – $25,000
- Parks Foundation Calgary – $25,000
- City of Calgary – $75,000
($45,000 funding; $35,000 in-kind donation)
The Thorncliffe Greenview Community is wanting to create a park where community members from different backgrounds, ages, abilities and socio economic backgrounds can come together in a positive, inclusive space.
The current playground poses a safety hazard for children with worn and broken playground equipment and minimal play value. Currently it sits barren and unused.
With a new inclusive space, community members will be able to congregate, socialize and play.
To learn more about the playground and upgrades and link to the Community Park Created Website please link HERE.
- Town of Cochrane – $50,000
- Cochrane TD Bank – $400
The Centennial Park in Cochrane was built to be a barrier free park. Though the playground is supportive of individuals using wheelchairs or other assistive devices it is not fully inclusive and poses limitations for individuals who want to access the swing area. Furthermore, the pea gravel from the swing area has carried into the main playground where rubber surfacing is and has created holes and wrecked the pour and place creating a safety hazard for children playing on higher equipment should they drop down onto it.
We would like to create a separate toddler area and add additional features to the park.
Wishlist (includes but is not limited to):