Kiwanis of Charles Town
Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Commission has worked tirelessly to fulfill our mission of creating spaces for people in our community to recreation, contemplate, and play. In 2020, we received a grant for a playground system that brought a new playground to a park that previous had no play structure. This was exciting news for our community! We worked very hard to be sure there were inclusive play elements so all kids would have opportunity to play. We ensure there was ADA mulch in the playspace. However, once the mulch was in, it quickly became apparent that while we were offering equity, we were not offering equality in the play space. While a wheelchair can traverse the mulch play areas, it cannot do so easily, making play difficult for some rather than easy for all. Adding the Landscape Structures PebbleFlex surface in the current playground system would make the playground truly an equal space for all kids to play.