Brooke Whyte and Felix Vollmer, Grade 7 students who spoke at the opening of Crossroads Public School’s inclusive playground Friday, both said they love the school’s playground.
Brooke likes the slides and the monkey bars of the original equipment, and Felix loves all the accessories, such a the fire pole, the rock-climbing wall, and playing games with his friend. “Everyone laughs and gets to run around and has a great time,” said Brooke. “Before, it used to make us sad that some of our friends couldn’t play with us, and would only be able to watch us having fun without them.”
“We are so happy that we have this new playground now because everyone can be included in the fun during recess,” said Felix. “It is completely accessible by anyone who wants to play on it with all of their friends.”
The new accessible playground has many features, such as a rocking boat, two accessible ramps for those in a wheelchair, and beside the boat, a step so you can get on and off quickly,” said Brooke.
There is also a music centre, with “a drum set, a xylophone and chimes where all kids can make music together, because everyone can reach it,” said Felix. “There are also many games on the playground, such as tic tac toe, a number-solving game, and a marble game, all of which can be easily accessed from the ground by everyone.”
“We are so grateful to be able to play together,” Brooke told the crowd, “and would like to thank everyone here for making the Play For All Inclusive playground happen.”