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Stafford Opens All-Inclusive ADA Accessible Playground

Stafford County and Stafford County Public Schools will hold the grand opening of the county’s first all-inclusive, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessible playground at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.

The playground is located at Chichester Park, 125 Ralph Williams Dr. in Falmouth. There will be face painting and vendors providing family resources.

The playground is designed to provide an inclusive play environment for children and adults, regardless of age or ability level.

“This is a wonderful way to serve more of our students and families,” said Holly Hazard, chairman of the Stafford School Board, “I am very proud of our staff for taking the initiative on this, and appreciative to the Board of Supervisors and parks personnel for making it a reality.”

Alexa and Rob Harris, parents of a Falmouth Elementary School student, and a team teachers and physical therapists formed an unofficial committee for an all-inclusive playground.

On March, 15, 2016, the Stafford County Board of Supervisors authorized a contract of up to $177,500 with Miracle Recreation Equipment Company for the purchase of equipment and surfacing at Chichester Park.

Stafford County has nine ADA-accessible playgrounds, but none are considered all-inclusive. To be all-inclusive, a playground must accommodate the wheelchair-bound and individuals with limited strength through ramps and special features.

“Our board was happy to fund this project, as it will accommodate those with special needs as well as parents and grandparents who might have disabilities, allowing all family members to play together and be active,” Chairman of the Board of Supervisors Bob Thomas said.

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