Pinecliff was one of our favorite parks when my kids were younger. The playground area is accessible covering, so my kids didn’t eat the mulch or rubber tire pieces like at most playgrounds…Is that just my kids? It was large for their ages, so there was a lot of freedom to run up the ramps and down the ramps and up the ramps…yeah, you get the picture.
Angel Park This week was a mess in central Maryland! We had two snow days, a lot of ice, a two hour delay, and most of our weekly activities were cancelled. Also included in this messy week was Valentine’s Day and school parties and sugared up kids! Needless to say, we did not make it to any playground except our school playground this week. Although my son built an igloo, which was the last of the snow still standing in my yard until it all finally melted today! Now onto rain and more mud! We are thinking to Spring and remembering a
Clemyjontri Park One of the first fully inclusive playgrounds that I have ever been to was Clemyjontri Park in McLean, Virginia. Years ago, I had seen a blog about the coolest playgrounds in the WORLD and this one was close enough that I knew we had to go just from looking at an aerial view of the park! I didn’t know anything about inclusive playgrounds at the time and it was a couple of years still before we started volunteering with Sophie and Madigan’s Playground! One of the first things I noticed when entering the playground (besides all of the bright colors)
What is “accessible” and “inclusive”? Why are these features important in a playground? Accessible means to be reached or entered. An accessible playground is one that has gone beyond ADA to make sure people using wheelchairs can use the playground. Inclusive is ensuring that people feel that they belong, are engaged, and connected. An inclusive playground is designed specifically so people of all abilities can play together. All inclusive playgrounds are accessible, but not all accessible playgrounds are inclusive!
Almost 6 years ago when we lost our girls we had the vision of creating a space in our community where big sister Morgan and little sister Sadie could go and feel the warmth of their sisters through the laughter and love shared by countless families playing together. It seemed like it would be much simpler a task at that point. I mean compared to surviving the loss of those beautiful souls nothing seemed impossible, but it’s been much harder than we ever thought it would be. Dreams don’t become reality without hard work and persistence. The truth is there have been
We hope you get a chance to take the time to slow down and remember your gifts this season could never come from a store… they come from your heart and the hearts of those who surround you. Hold those you love just a little longer. Read the extra book. Smile a little more. Play a little longer. Learn to let go of the little stuff and focus on creating once in a life time memories with your family this upcoming year. We can not say thank you enough that we will see a playground built this year! We’re so excited for
“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short…” ~ Sandy Dahl wife of flight 93 pilot, Jason Dahl The terrorist attacks of 9.11 left countless families grieving, for their loved ones, for homes, pets, and belongings, grieving for their sense of security, health and their sense of self. When a tragedy like this happens we are were left with the stark reminder that life can be painfully short, things can change in the blink of an eye, and memories could be all you have remaining. As you reflect on 9.11, don’t focus on what could go
The kids are headed back to school today. Bittersweet excitement for another year with these three goof balls, while missing two more. Morgan is entering the last year of Middle School, Sophie should be starting 7th grade, Madigan 3rd, Sadie is in 1st and Mason prek4. It’s hard to think of who Sophie and Madigan would be, what they would be doing today without shedding some tears. I’m positive that whatever it would have been they’d be bringing joy to those around them. Our kids were ready to go today even though mom was not hahaha – We made sure to get
The Lillard family of Myersville MD founded Sophie & Madigan’s Playground after their beloved girls, Sophie & Madigan, were killed in a horrific house fire in January of 2013. They are continually working to honor the girls by creating opportunities, and an inclusive play space to for the community to come together to play learn and create life long memories in ways that reflect the girls loving spirits.
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