09192017

20 pictures that show how the All-Together Playground includes everyone

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A scrap metal piece, "Land of Imagination," sits outside the All-Together Playground to encourage creativity and imagination. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

A scrap metal piece, “Land of Imagination,” sits outside the All-Together Playground to encourage creativity and imagination. (Photo by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

Children laughed and screamed as they ran around from one piece of equipment to the next, unable to quench their curiosity and sense of adventure.

“Does anyone else want to play?” one child would ask, making the purpose of the new playground obvious — inclusion.

These are the new sights and sounds Orem residents should get used to at the All-Together Playground where everyone is not only welcome, but able to play no matter their disability. The first all-ability playground in Utah County was created to provide a place where kids with disabilities would have a chance to explore and play.

“Play is called the work of children. We believe that children of all abilities deserve an opportunity to play,” said Orem Mayor Richard Brunst at the ribbon cutting on Saturday. “That’s what this playground is all about. Families, individuals, college students, city staff, businesses and residents have all volunteered time and money to help build this great and beautiful playground with love. All people need to feel love. I hope that all the love that has been put into this park will be a reminder to the children who play here how much we love and appreciate them.”

The city came together from businesses such as Habitat For Humanity, which donated all the tools for the playground, to all of the individual local volunteers who helped build the playground.

The All-Together Playground is open at Orem City Park from dawn until dusk.

Here are 20 pieces of equipment at the All-Together Playground where everyone can play.

Follow the leader

bridge

(Photos by Rebecca Lane/UV360)

Part of the jungle gym provides a bridge to the monkey bars.

Monkeying around

(Photos by Rebecca Lane)

There are a variety of different monkey bars from traditional bars to handles that are set lower to the ground for younger children.

Twisting together

spinning-bars

Giving another version of the monkey bars, these bars twist and have room for more than one friend.

Mini Orem

mini-orem

There are multiple miniature sights at the park you’ll recognize from around town. The SCERA Center for the Arts makes an appearance as does a tribute to the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

Welcome to Orem’s station

tickets

Providing opportunities for real-life imagination, there is a ticket counter for mini Orem.

All aboard

orem-express

Openings are wide to allow wheelchair access throughout the All-Together Playground.

Choo-choo

train

There is plenty of space around equipment to allow parents to join in the fun or observe kids playing safely.

Leap frog

tad-poles

Like other playgrounds, the All-Together Playground provides equipment that helps with coordination.

Busy as bees

beehive

As a tribute to the beehive state, a teepee is set up like a beehive where kids can go inside.

Out of this world

rocket-ship

A space ship takes kids to another world of creativity.

Ready for takeoff

rocket-man

The themes carry on each jungle gym from the outside to the inside.

Earthquake simulator

earthquake-similator

This may look like an ordinary tunnel, but the park includes an earthquake simulator.

Zip-a-dee-doo-dah

zipline

There are two types of zip lines at the All-Together Playground: one for sitting and another for holding on.

Rock on

rock-wall

A rock climbing wall leads up to Brinley’s Castle. The castle was inspired by 8-year-old Brinley.

Sights and sounds

animal-sounds

There are sensory and educational pieces throughout the park. This one, located in Brinley’s Castle, has kids match the sounds made by animals to the pictures.

Safe, secure and swinging

swing

Large chairs are used for kids who can’t swing on their own.

Better together

together-swing

One swing allows kids to literally swing together at the exact same time.

Liberty means freedom

liberty-swing

The Liberty Swing is a swing reserved for handicap kids in wheelchairs.

Teetering on brilliance

teeter-totter

Four kids can use the teeter-totter at once.

Round-and-round together

presley Gleason

Presley Gleason, though confined to a wheelchair, spins on the merry-go-round with other kids at the All-Together Playground.

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One Response to "20 pictures that show how the All-Together Playground includes everyone"

  1. Aimee Gage says:

    Great article EXCEPT if you are writing about an all inclusive playground, read up on how to politically correct say CHILDREN WITH DISABILITIES or CHILDREN WHO USE WHEELCHAIRS, NOT handicapped children.

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