Support NEEDED playground updates at Northern Shores Elementary

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We need your help!  We intend to use this petition in our discussion with community leaders and the School Board to show that people recognize the value of inclusion and want updated and improved play spaces for their community.  Please sign this petition and share with your friends. 

The Inclusive Play Project is a community group whose mission it is to raise awareness and advocate for the need, and the benefits of Universally Designed play spaces where everyone can easily access play, regardless of age or ability, and enjoy the lifelong developmental, physical and social benefits of inclusion.

For our first project, we are partnering with The Northern Shores PTA and requesting approval from the Suffolk School Board to update the existing playground at Northern Shores Elementary, in Northern Suffolk.  

We have been working closely with experts and community members to develop an INITIAL design for this site, taking into consideration the size, space and needs of the school and surrounding community.  The updated playground would replace the current playground and reside within the same footprint of the current playground to ensure it does not interfere with any future expansion to the school building.

The playground updates focus on Universal Design, addressing barriers for those with physical disabilities and also including design considerations for children with learning disabilities, sensory processing disorders, Autism, Down Syndrome and their “typically developing” peers.  So everyone can have access to, and play in, the same space. 

The majority of the current playground is original (making it 22 years old) and will soon need to be replaced.  In addition to its deteriorating state, the current playground is unable to handle the volume of students that need to be able to safely and comfortably access the space, which can be up to 300 students at the same time.

Imagine the impact it could have if we were able to give 900 children access to, and regular use of, an environment designed to promote equality, acceptance, independence and social interaction between children of all abilities.  Now, imagine what lessons we will be teaching them if we don’t.

For more information about The Inclusive Play Project (including questions, comments, or if you are interested in getting involved), please contact Meg Diggs at

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