DNOM Around Town:

THERE’S PLAYTIME IN EVERY CHILD

Play is crucial for human development, the growth of social skills and self-confidence. Inglenook Park located in Southfield believes in the philosophy of inclusion by developing an inclusive playground promoting physical, cognitive, learning, visual and a hearing experience for all children. 

This accessible playground equipment offers benefits for children who have mobility limitations and other challenges.  Accessible surfacing has made the playground equipment easy to navigate for crutches, wheelchairs and other mobility devices.

This boundless playground includes handicap accessible bathrooms, therapeutic rings, double rail ramps, activity panels and a sway fun glider. With farm-themed play equipment as its focus; tractor bouncers, animal cutouts and an enormous playscape with a bright red barn roof top amid the play area offers visual stimulation and excitement!  The play farm is considered the largest playgrounds in the city. Complementing this inclusive initiative are fitness trails, ball diamonds and the restored nostalgic 42 acre Miller Barn.   

The safety fall zones surrounding the play equipment are covered by a combination of rubber and wood fiber. Federal guidelines require that 50 percent of a playground’s elevated structure be accessible. By comparison, at Inglenook Park, 70 percent of all play activities serve children with physical disabilities, allowing children with varying degrees of abilities an opportunity to play together. 

To add further value to this integrated park, wide double ramps have been implemented to allow wheelchair turnarounds and gripping support. Talk Tubes allow for downtime when children need to get away from the noise and chatter. Therapeutic rings provide upper body support to improve strength and mobility. Activity panels allow children to express themselves through mental exercise and exploration.

Inclusive playground designs promote a higher level of inclusive play by addressing accessibility, age, and developmental appropriateness and sensory-stimulating activity. Connecting with children of different backgrounds and abilities encourages empathy, as well as social and emotional skills that will benefit children throughout their entire lives. 

Research has shown, children who can cooperate and play with children of all ability levels and backgrounds will be more prepared for a diverse world and workplace as adults.

For an enjoyable experience visit Inglenook park at 20901 W. 12 Mile Road Southfield, MI 48076

Inglenook Park

Accessible Swings

Wheelchair accessible play equipment

Access for chairs and walkers!

Another view

Ramp into playground equipment

Accessible restrooms