Miner School Playground
At Miner School in Arlington Heights, IL, a rare kind of playground stands. With the help of NSSEO, an all-inclusive playground was invented to make sure all children have the opportunity to play. The playground was funded with state grants and charitable donations and serves students who live in eight surrounding school districts.
Built over a rubber surface, the playground features play stations that are not likely to be found in other accessible playgrounds. This space was designed with uncommon pieces, allowing students with more complex disabilities to engage in the fun. Parents and grandparents with disabilities or mobility impairments were kept in mind so that they too have the opportunity to play with their children or grandchildren. A dedicated reading corner was added as a final touch, finishing up the playground.
Eriksson Engineering Associates, Ltd. (EEA) served as a civil engineering consultant to the school district. EEA removed the existing mulch playground and installed a new 7,500 square foot, fully under-drained, poured in place rubber surface. Features of the playground include multiple walk and ramp access points.