Bogan Park has an ADA compliant and accessible playground. The surfacing is engineered wood fiber, which mats down so that wheelchairs can roll over it. There are concrete ramps which go into the surfacing somewhat like a boat ramp into a lake. This avoids having a lip (and bump) at the end of the sidewalk. The playgrounds include several activity panels suitable for handicapped children, such as drums, store front & hand cycler. Several bridges, climbers and slides can be accessed from transfer platforms. These are for children who can pull themselves out of their wheelchair and onto the deck.
In addition to Bogan Park, the county has handicap accessible playgrounds at Duncan Creek Park in Dacula and Peachtree Ridge Park in Suwanee, as well as Unity Place at Bay Creek Park, located in Loganville which is an award winning, fully accessible playground for special needs featuring a specialized rubberized surface, wheelchair friendly slides, swings and a handicapped accessible ball field.
Gwinnett County Parks & Recreation is also excited to announce that it will begin to offer a Therapeutic Recreation Program in Fall 2010. This will not replace the county’s Inclusion Based Programming, which continues to be extremely successful in the county’s Day Camp and class programming. But it will give citizens an option to choose which type of programming is best for their child or family member.
Please check the Gwinnett County Parks website for more information on this exciting program and specific information about each park.
The comments above were provided in response to a county resident and their need for ADA compliant and accessible playgrounds. I want to thank the county parks people for their quick and detailed response to the inquiry forwarded by me in regard to a reader’s question.