It’s fall and the weather is fast changing from the heat of the summer to the cool, crisp air that is fall. Fall is a great time to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. And what better way to enjoy a nice fall day than to visit a local playground or park with the family?
Sadly, not all families find an afternoon at a local park or playground an easy outing. Families with children with disabilities and mobility issues face special challenges when bringing their children to a park or playground. Many such families need accessible features for their children to get out and fully enjoy their time outside.
Delaware has several accessible parks and a specially designed playground that addresses the needs of children with mobility issues. These places have incorporated features or activities that might help a child with disabilities and/or mobility issues to thoroughly enjoy an afternoon at the park:
Can-Do Playground, Wilmington – This park encompasses 23,000 square feet of play space that promotes sensory, physical and creative growth.
Trap Pond State Park, Laurel – This park includes accessible camping cabins and sites, playground areas, and an accessible Nature Center.
Carousel Park and Bellevue State Park, Wilmington - Both parks offer therapeutic riding opportunities for children and adults with special needs - TRAC (Therapeutic Riding At Carousel) at Carousel, and Wellspring Farm Equestrian Center at Bellevue. Bellevue also has specially designed swings for children with mobility issues.
Cape Henlopen State Park , Lewes – Beach wheel chairs are available at Cape Henlopen which allow those with mobility issues to reach the surf.
Looking for accessible places to enjoy fishing? Check out Delaware State Park’s Division Programs for Physically Challenged Anglers for details on how to find accessible fishing sites within Delaware.
Additional state park information is available at the Delaware State Parks website.
Don’t live near the Delaware accessible parks and playgrounds? Looking for accessible playgrounds or other accessible facilities in other states? Here are several resources to help you locate accessible facilities near you.
Limited mobility shouldn’t keep any child from enjoying an afternoon at the park!