A key to social development for any child is the opportunity to play and interact with others. For families whose children have physical or developmental issues, this can sometimes present a problem. Fortunately, more communities are recognizing the need to accommodate all children by introducing inclusive playgrounds, areas that provide equipment that is more easily accessed by all.
In Central Arkansas, find these playgrounds in:
Burns Park, North Little Rock
Richie Road Park, Cabot
Mills Park, Bryant
Tyndall Park, Benton
Maumelle is in the process of raising $80,000 for a new inclusive playground, to be paid for entirely with private money. To make a donation to this worthwhile project, please contact Maumelle Parks and Recreation at 501-851-6990.
Little Rock’s Therapeutic Recreation is
a Hidden Gem
Families looking for affordable, supervised activities should check out the Therapeutic Recreation program offered through Little Rock Parks and Recreation. Offering healthy day and summer activities for children and adults, Therapeutic Recreation is coming up on two decades serving families in the community.
The youth program (age 8 to 18 or still in high school) offers monthly social activities and weekend events as well as a six-week summer day camp. The camp runs Monday through Friday and includes a range of leisure and recreational activities. Families may sign up for the entire six weeks or register their youngster for selected weeks. The program has a capacity of 20 campers to maintain a low 4 to 1 camper to staff ratio.
The adult day program runs year-round and offers participants a wide range of recreational, leisure and interest-driven activities, five days a week. Among these projects are volunteer activities that take participants to the Little Rock Zoo, Habitat for Humanity and the Arkansas Food Bank.
For more information on Therapeutic Recreation programs or to register, call 501-570-1131.