O’Hara Township Appoints Snider Recreation to Install ADA Inclusive Playground at O’Hara Township Community Park, formerly Squaw Valley Park.
When O’Hara Township’s Council decided they wanted an all inclusive playground for the park they turned to their local Sales Representative at Snider Recreation. After many months of design and installation, the Playground for inclusive play opened!
“By Land and By Sea” is the theme of this playground which includes the popular pirate ship. The structure is all inclusive, with transition steps, ramps and surfacing, this playground is accessible for all levels of motor disabilities. The play structure also includes a wheelchair accessible motion cruiser.
Other equipment includes the all inclusive freedom swing, a climbing wall, comet spinner and water themed spring animals. Many types of disabilities are addressed in this design. Autistic, visually and hearing impaired children will enjoy the interactive brail, music and game activity stations alongside the other children on the playground.
The “By Land and By Sea” theme was continued into the surfacing as well. A rubber surface was placed around the “ships” with sharks and starfish inlaid into the blue rubber sea. The children can ride the waves on the back of a shark or try their balance on the Dynamic Surfer. For the land an artificial turf was installed. With the look and feel of a grass lawn, it is a perfect complement and helps keep children of all abilities moving! Imagination and fun will abound as the children climb the mountains or slide down the slopes.
With so much going on, safety is always a concern. The surfacing takes into account fall height requirements, trip hazards and ADA compliances. There is a four-foot-high fence around the playground that includes a one-way in and one-way out concept. This concept allows for parents of children using the playground to monitor only one entry and exit point. This enhances safety for all of the playground users.
We at Snider Recreation are proud we were a part of this playground installation. The playground is all inclusive, which makes it fun for all! To see the play in action click here and go to the Squaw Valley Folder. This project is a 2018 Catalog Structure.