Celebrating the first 100 years of the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor in September of 2016, the Club is committed to establishing a Universal Access Playground in Gallup Park. Gallup is the most popular park in Washtenaw County, currently visited by an estimated 600,000 people year around. Without outside help, Ann Arbor does not have sufficient funds to build this type of playground where children with different levels of ability can interact and learn from each other in a stimulating outdoor environment.
Universal Access Playgrounds go a step further than those that meet the basic requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. For example, ramps are wide enough for children to remain in their wheelchairs and maneuver through the playscape. The surrounding surface is soft enough to cushion a fall, yet firm enough to support mobility aids. As a result, children with disabilities have the opportunity to gain a sense of self confidence and individuality. In turn, it gives children with and without disabilities the chance to play together, promoting social interaction. It also provides parents with disabilities the opportunity to comfortably take their children to a playground where they can supervise and interact as never before.
While offering a wide variety of play equipment, the Rotary Centennial Playground is located very close to special parking, provides shade for people who are light sensitive, and offers Braille texts for the visually impaired. Another special aspect is wheelchair access to its sensory garden, raised sand boxes, a fishing dock, picnic tables, and a canoe/kayak pull-out on the Huron River Water Trail.
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