Today we took a very big step in the building of Sophie and Madigan Lillard Memorial Playground! We were invited to help at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Butterfly Ln Realignment project, this road will serve all of West Side Regional Park which is home to the playground. We left today filled with gratitude that The City of Frederick choose to include our organization in this amazing milestone it meant a lot of our family, and I’m sure it means a lot to all of our followers. We are so CLOSE! It may be the first time that this crazy idea Jack
There are five elements of inclusive play: Social/Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, Sensory, and Communication. Woodsboro Park does incorporate cognitive play features, like the alphabet board, drums at a lower level, and animal learning board. Kids love spinning! It is a great sensory relief! This park has a good mix of some vintage equipment and newer builds! One of the favorites is that dangerous old merry go round where some kid always gets thrown off! Spinning and hanging upside down are great for overstimulated kids (and grownups), and is a great calm down tool!
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
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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