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Accessible Playground Opens at Hospital

The Everychild Foundation Universally Accessible Playground, located at the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital in California, is touted as serving the largest demographic of physically challenged children in the nation. photo: marketwire


Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital has announced the opening of the Everychild Foundation Universally Accessible Playground on its downtown campus. The public playground was designed to accommodate children with wheelchairs, leg braces, crutches and other barriers that usually leave them sidelined at traditional playgrounds. The playground will serve the largest demographic of physically challenged children in the nation.

“I want to commend the joint efforts of the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, Shane’s Inspiration and the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks for creating a world-class playground,” Los Angeles, Calif. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. “This state-of-the-art playground will serve more than 125,000 children annually, which will make it the most visited universally accessible playground in the nation.”

The nearly half-acre play area, designed in partnership with Shane’s Inspiration, features special equipment in a modern and creative environment where children with and without disabilities can play together. The playground has sturdy foam ground cover to protect children from falls and is wheelchair friendly. The park features colorful slides, tubes, bridges, swings, interactive puzzles, a quiet area, a misting dragon and lush landscaping for children ages 2 to 12. Through a joint use agreement with the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, the playground will be open to the public seven days a week.

“With the opening of this delightful and unique playground, we are expanding our mission of care for children with musculoskeletal conditions regardless of the family’s ability to pay,” said James V. Luck, Jr., M.D., president, CEO and medical director of Orthopaedic Hospital. “The playground provides a safe and stimulating outdoor haven for children in the community regardless of their physical limitations to come together, play and learn from each other.”

Source: Marketwire

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October 15, 2019, 10:29 pm PDT

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