Kids' imaginations can take flight on the butterfly at the new Discovery Playground.Photo by Jessica Pupillo
Little adventurers will soon have a new place to explore and discover. St. Charles will open its newest playground, Discovery Playground, with a short ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5.
The playground, located at Jaycee Park (2805 Elm St., St. Charles, 63301) was made possible through a partnership among the St. Charles Parks and Recreation Department, St. Charles Developmental Disabilities Resource Board, the City of St. Charles and Unlimited Play, Inc.
Features at Discovery Playground include a butterfly and log, roller and metal slides, traditional swings and swings designed for those with disabilities, musical play and a water feature. The park has an explorer theme and makes use of the area's natural hillside.
This is the fourth metro area playground that has been built in partnership with Unlimited Play. Unlimited Play helps communities build playgrounds that can be enjoyed by children of all abilities, and organizes "Come and Play" events for classes and schools and monthly "Let's Play Day" dates. Executive Director Natalie Blakemore founded the organization because it was difficult to find accessible play options for her own son, Zachary.
"Unlimited Play's design philosophy surpasses ADA standards," said Victoria Schmitt-Babb, community engagement director for Unlimited Play. "The law may say things are accessible, but in the life of a child like Zachary, they are not. So we work on designing these so that all people of all abilities can play on this playground."
Unlimited Play playgrounds, including Discovery Playground, feature rubber surfacing, fences, shade and ramps to every platform. These playgrounds are also sensory-rich and include metal slides for children with cochlear implants.
Discovery joins Unlimited Play's existing playgrounds in O'Fallon, Clayton and Lake Saint Louis. Playgrounds are also in the design process in Herculaneum, Mo., and Breeze, Ill. Unlimited Play is accepting donations and sponsors for these locations. For more information about Unlimited Play's playgrounds and play dates or to help support the construction of accessible playgrounds, visit UnlimitedPlay.org or call 636-449-1770.From the calendar