July 26, 2021

Parks Works to Increase Accessibility

July 26 is National Disability Independence Day. This year marks the 31st anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by President George H.W. Bush. The law continues to work to ensure people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.

Accessibility to our facilities is very important to us at Brownsburg Parks. We are making every effort to make our playgrounds more accessible to all children.

At Arbuckle Acres Park we have added an adaptive swing on the upper-level playground; one will be reinstalled soon on the lower level. In 2019, we added the interactive Smart Play Center and this year we’ve updated play surfacing to provide increased accessibility and different types of play opportunities for children.

Over at Williams Park, The Watermill splash pad is wheelchair accessible. There is an adaptive swing and other inclusive play opportunities at Blast Off playground. This fall, Blast Off playground will undergo improvements to the structure including new play features that align with current inclusive play standards. Brownsburg Parks is seeking volunteers to assist with this project. If you are interested, please email parks@brownsburgparks.com to have your name included on the volunteer list.

Our newly renovated Stephens Park has a brand new playground with features suited to children of all abilities, including inclusive swings and other interactive play features specifically for children with autism.

And while it is not available yet, the plans for Phase 3 construction of Cardinal Park focus on a fully inclusive playground designed in partnership with K1ds Count. Check out the design in these sketches. This project will cost approximately $2 million. If you are interested in supporting the construction of this park, please send a donation to the Hendricks County Community Foundation, use the drop-down menu to select “Brownsburg Parks Foundation Fund” and designate your gift.

We will continue to look for ways to increase accessibility at our facilities. We appreciate your support of Brownsburg Parks.