Possibilities Playground at Butterfield Crossing Park

Possibilities Playground
at Butterfield Crossing Park

$555,424 Raised
79 Donations
$1.3 Million
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The Butterfield Crossing Park Renovation project is a priority for the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation, an independent 501c3 that works to enhance Castle Rock’s parks and trails and maximize the community’s recreational experiences. Established in 2012, the Foundation is a resident-led advocacy group, brought together by their collective desire to create educational and enjoyable recreational experiences.

Project Scope

Imagine a universally designed, sensory-rich environment that enables children of all abilities to develop physically, socially and emotionally. With your help, this vision may soon become a reality at Butterfield Crossing Park in Castle Rock.

The Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation is joining forces with the Parks and Recreation Department to maximize already planned renovation work. The department’s Capital Improvement Plan has identified the need for upgrades, and 2022 priorities will focus on addressing safety and life-cycle replacement. The Foundation is hoping to use this timing as an opportunity to enhance the park beyond renovation work with the Possibilities Playground.

Survey results from the planning phase of this renovation project demonstrated a collectively strong desire to create a playground and shared community space to serve users of all ability levels. Looking at the statistics for individuals with cognitive and developmental disabilities, along with information on inclusive playgrounds in the Denver-metro area left the Foundation feeling that same desire.

Possibilities Playground at Butterfield Crossing Park

Visitation data from inclusive playgrounds nationwide indicates that because the disabled population is so underserved when it comes to outdoor recreating opportunities, visitors travel well beyond the distance of their local neighborhood park to ensure play is available for folks of all ability levels.

The goal of this inclusive playground will be for visitors of all ages and abilities to be able to play, be challenged and have fun together. Read on to learn how you can help children of all abilities interact with one another and do what every child wants to do: play.

The Complete Picture

Before we dive into details about the project itself, let’s take a closer look at the population the completed playground is intended to serve. Understanding this data is crucial, because people with disabilities consist of the nation’s largest minority group, as well as the only group that any of us can become a member of at any time.

“Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities.”
- Article 31 of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, 1989

Castle Rock's Connection

The Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation has partnered with the Therapeutic Recreation program in Castle Rock, as many members of Therapeutic Recreation would benefit from the addition of an inclusive playground in the town.

The Town of Castle Rock’s Therapeutic Recreation program enhances the quality of life for youth, adolescents and adults with disabilities through participation in recreation activities. Its goal is to provide diverse leisure opportunities that focus on promoting skill development and growth related to self-esteem, socialization, independence and overall wellness.

Therapeutic Recreation's Reach in 2021

152

individuals with disabilities served

65

family members of individuals with disabilities serviced

56

program dates

221

volunteers

705

volunteer hours

15

community partners

“Investing in an inclusive playground can be a strategic boost for any community. Playgrounds that truly welcome everyone will attract countless visitors to your area.”
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Elements of Inclusive Play

Curious to know how you can play a role in bringing play to children of all ability levels? The following pages outline opportunities earmarked for specific inclusive playground elements. We're happy to work with you to determine additional projects that suit your interests, too. The pieces of equipment listed below are designed specifically to engage children of all abilities to play together.

Three important elements of inclusive playground equipment include physical accessibility, age and developmental appropriateness, and sensory-stimulating activity. These elements combine to create an inclusive play environment for all ages and abilities and a playground that meets a wide variety of needs and interests.

Sensory Wall

The Sensory Wall engages the senses, helping children of all abilities further their development as they play together. Built-in tactile elements encourage users to explore various rough and smooth textures and shapes. Featuring a variety of shapes and textures, the Sensory Wall promotes exploration, auditory and visual skills while also developing dexterity.

Roller Table

Rolling horizontally lets children slide back and forth on all sides of their bodies, providing much needed sensory stimulation through the application of deep-muscle pressure from the steel rollers. Balance, coordination, flexibility and motor planning are all practiced while using the Roller Table.

Two Bay 50' ZipKrooz

ZipKrooz brings new adventure to the playground in an exciting, safe way, providing every child with the linear experience of flying. Unlike other playground zip lines, ZipKrooz is a two-way ride, eliminating the need to walk the seat back to start. With its unique track trolley system and comfortable seat suspended by a rubber-wrapped chain, ZipKrooz is engineered for exceptional comfort and safety. Sensory, motor skill, cognitive and social/ emotional skills are all utilized on the ZipKrooz.

Pulse Tennis Table

The interactive, multisensory Pulse Tennis Table encourages movement in an exciting new way. Colorful lights and engaging sounds invite kids to play this back-andforth game that gets faster as it goes. Helping children of all abilities develop healthy sportsmanship skills and handeye coordination, players can tally their points or play for fun. Motor planning, imaginative play, and proprioception skills are enhanced through the Pulse Tennis Table.

52” Friendship Swing with Single Post Frame and ProGuard Chains

This multi-user swing is a one size fits all, from two children to a multigenerational family. The Friendship Swing is a great way for siblings, parents and grandparents to enjoy time together.

Two Bay Single Post 52” Swing, with 2 molded buckets and 2 bucket seats

The simple motion of swinging fuels the nervous system with visual, vestibular and proprioceptive information. Swinging also builds core and grip strength by holding onto the swing, and can improve coordination when a child learns to pump their legs and swing by themselves. The molded bucket seats feature a harness and chain, providing greater stability for children with limited upper-body strength.

52” Friendship Swing with Single Post Frame and ProGuard Chains

This multi-user swing is a one size fits all, from two children to a multigenerational family. The Friendship Swing is a great way for siblings, parents and grandparents to enjoy time together.

We-Go-Round with Perforated Panels and 2 Seats

Multidimensional movements like spinning and rotating supply children’s brains with valuable, complex and proprioceptive information. This connects input from head and body position in space, helping children maintain proper body posture and balance while they play. The We-Go-Round is fully wheelchair accessible and promotes fun interaction by having all users face each other.

Rhapsody Musical Instruments

Children and adults of all ages and abilities can join the band and explore the power of rhythm, experience subtle shifts in tone and discover the many ways individual sounds can be creatively combined. All musical instruments are wheelchair accessible.

“Through sensory play, all children discover their world and how to be successful in it. The broad play experiences from sensory-rich playgrounds allow children of all abilities to integrate and develop their senses. The more they play, the more they develop skills necessary to engage, change and impact the world around them.”

To learn more, visit GetOutdoorsCastleRock.org

Once you decide how you’d like to positively impact a child’s life, the Castle Rock Parks and Trails Foundation will gratefully work with you to find the appropriate means of recognition to reflect your gift.