Project Name: Owen’s Playground at Hillcrest Elementary, Downers Grove, Illinois

  • Time to completion: 2 years
  • Cost of playground: $600,000
  • Number of play structures:
  • Approximate size: 12,000 square feet
  • Summary: Our first success was the construction of a new, universally-designed playground at Hillcrest Elementary School in Downers Grove, Illinois. Its features include:
    • Connected structures so children can play with a group of peers
    • More climbing structures
    • A special Relaxation Station where they can read a book or have classes outdoors
    • Equipment that offers sensory and vestibular input and allows all children to play, regardless of their ability
    • Structures that adapt to a wheelchair or walker
    • Recycled rubber instead of wood chips
    • Wide double ramps to connect structures
    • “Buddy Benches” where students know to include children sitting alone at the bench
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