The Burlington County Special Services Schools District opened a new, all-inclusive playground at its school in Westampton earlier this month.
The site’s ribbon cutting marked a significant achievement and shared commitment to creating an environment that caters to the unique needs of special services children. The Robert Silcox Memorial Playground signifies the importance of providing an inclusive space for all children, including those with special needs.
The area has approximately 12,500 square feet of accessible space and specially designed equipment such as adaptive swings, sensory-friendly walls and chimes, elements that can accommodate a range of abilities. The playground will be used by Special Services students and the immediate school community but will also be open for public use when school is not in session.
The $1.3 million project was funded through a special cost-share agreement with the Burlington County Commissioners. The county Department of Public Works Construction Services Division assisted with site work and installation of equipment.
Special Services Superintendent Dr. Christopher Nagy said the playground project is the perfect demonstration of both the district’s and county’s commitment to accessibility.
“A playground is not just a place, it’s an adventure waiting to happen,” he said. “Beyond the joy of play, the playground serves as a platform for children to learn valuable life skills. It’s a space where they can share, collaborate and build friendships, contributing to their overall social and emotional development.”